Bridgetown, November 2016. Anthony Bailey, OBE, Delegate for the Caribbean of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George, has made a formal legal complaint through Carter-Ruck solicitors against Barbados Today, in relation to an article published in online editions of the newspaper under the following heading: “Governor general revokes two knighthoods” – published on 7 November 2016.
The article wrongly claimed that there were “numerous allegations” in the British media that members of a delegation led by Anthony Bailey from the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George received knighthoods “in exchange for money”. This is self-evidently an allegation of the utmost gravity and should have never been published. In fact, this claim was false and those who granted the awards to Anthony Bailey and other members of the delegation received no payment or other remuneration for doing so and there is accordingly no basis whatsoever for your extremely serious allegation, nor could there have been. There were no such allegations in the British press either.
In a statement, the Delegate said: “The allegations that have been published by the Barbados Today are totally unfounded, and are now the subject of a legal complaint for defamation. I will continue to take such steps as may be appropriate to seek full vindication in respect of these false and highly defamatory claims.”
For further information please contact Dominic Garner or Nigel Tait at Carter-Ruck solicitors on 020 7353 5005, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.