An application has been filed to set aside a recent order issued by
Justice Sandra Kurtzious to Vice President, Bharat Jagdeo, to pay $20M in damages to former Minister within the Ministry of Communities, Annette Ferguson in a libel suit she had brought against him last year.
Ferguson had filed the case in January 2020 for statements made by Jagdeo during his time as Opposition Leader. The former President had accused Ferguson of seeing a meteoric rise in wealth within two years of becoming a Minister. He had also accused her of taking three house lots in Eccles for herself.
Along with the $20M, the court also ordered Jagdeo to pay Ferguson a further cost totaling $75,000. If the Vice President fails to comply, the default judgment states that he would be held in contempt of court and may be liable for imprisonment or have his assets confiscated.
See application below: