Gonsalves not moved by ‘holy’ request
KINGSTOWN — Douglas DeFreitas, Managing Director of BDS Ltd. has asked Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves not to proceed with any other claims he has in court against BDS Ltd.
DeFreitas, in a letter to Gonsalves dated February 27, said he was writing “in obedience with the prompting of the Holy Spirit, which (he) received today about 10 a.m.”
“This deep spiritual experience came after spending about four hours in thanksgiving to the Almighty God and the people of St. Vincent and the Diaspora for contributing towards the paying of your judgement debt. Notwithstanding all that has happened, I humbly request of you not to proceed with the other claims against BDS.”
On February 25, BDS Ltd. paid Gonsalves $206,142.47; the full judgement debt plus costs and interest, for a defamation case which the Prime Minister won against the BDS Ltd and Elwardo Lynch. For many years, Lynch hosted the New Democratic Party show New Times on Nice Radio, which is owned by BDS Ltd.
DeFreitas, in his letter to Gonsalves, said he trusted that the same Spirit which came over him, will stir Gonsalves “heart to come to that place”.
“I want to apologise for any discomfort I may have caused you. I cannot promise that in my quest for social justice, further comments will not be made on this station. However, the promoting of defamation is not on my agenda,” De Freitas said.
In an interview with SEARCHLIGHT yesterday, Gonsalves said DeFreitas had spoken to him on Wednesday, prior to delivering the letter on Thursday morning. He said during that conversation, he told DeFreitas that he too has the Holy Spirit, which told him he must proceed with the matters against the persons who are defaming him, and the station which is “continuing with their campaign of vilification” against him.
Gonsalves said he appreciates that DeFreitas says the Holy Spirit touched him.
“But the Spirit moves in a mysterious way and you have to look for a sign to see if it is the true spirit or not. I haven’t seen the evidence. I have no problem with people criticising, but there is this relentless, coordinated attack using Nice Radio as the medium, and I have become quite immune to these attacks, but there are persons close to me who get very hurt when you have these untrue attacks and this coordinated defamation,” Gonsalves said (Searchlight)