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Haiti’s PM Pursues Defamation Case in US Court

Haiti’s prime minister is pursuing his defamation case against a Haitian-American journalist.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and South Florida businessman Patrice Baker originally sued Leo Joseph in September over his reporting in the New York-based Haiti-Observateur. A federal judge in Miami initially sided with them, but she reversed course earlier this month and ordered them to be more specific in their allegations.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro also backtracked on an order banning Joseph from writing about either man.

The amended complaint was filed Friday. It alleges that Joseph knew his reporting about the Haitian government’s acquisition of a telecommunications company included false and defamatory statements about Lamothe and Baker orchestrating and benefiting from the sale of Haitel.

Soure: AP
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