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Plaintiff wins court victory in Bahamas defamation case
Published on November 12, 2012 Email To Friend    Print Version

NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahama Journal and its online website have agreed to publish a front-page apology to Louis Bacon for making entirely false statements about him that were the result of a “smear campaign.”

The apology is the result of a settlement reached last week between the Bahama Journal and Bacon, founder of Moore Capital Management and Moore Charitable Foundation. In open court, a lawyer representing Jones Communications Limited, the publisher of the Bahama Journal, conceded that the newspaper had been used “by person or persons who had an agenda against the plaintiff.”

The Bahama Journal’s published apology states:

“We now appreciate that these claims are entirely false and should not have been published. We express our regret, and, apologise to Mr Louis Bacon and his family for any embarrassment or distress which may have been caused to them.”

A lawyer representing the Bahama Journal also made the following statement in open court:

“The defendant accepts that the allegations concerning the plaintiff were false and the Bahama Journal was used as a conduit for a smear-campaign against the Plaintiff.”

Statements read by attorneys for Bacon and Jones Communications were included in a filing with the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, which approved the settlement.

The apology comes after London-based lawyers for Bacon sought a retraction and apology for the articles, which were published in May. The articles included a series of falsehoods including the allegation that Bacon was involved in drug trafficking, public corruption and the cover-up of a murder.

Court documents show that Wendell Jones, the publisher of the Bahama Journal, agreed to print stories by a freelance journalist who had offered to be an unpaid columnist for the publication.
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