Haiti PM files new complaint in defamation case

Posted at 5:04 AM, Jun 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-20 05:04:00-04

MIAMI (AP) - Following a judge's order, Haiti's prime minister has filed a more detailed complaint in 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. They allege that Joseph knew his reporting about the Haitian government's acquisition of a telecommunications company included false and defamatory statements about Lamothe and Baker.

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro dismissed an amended complaint Lamothe and Baker filed in April for not directly quoting the statements they alleged to be defamatory.

Lamothe and Baker's third amended complaint was filed Friday and includes specific articles they found objectionable.

Joseph's attorney, Scott Ponce, declined comment Wednesday on the new complaint.