Myers files $150M libel lawsuit against Sanjeev Datadin, News Room
Deputy Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Roxanne Myers, has filed a $150M libel lawsuit against Attorney-at-law Sanjeev Datadin and the News Room over “slanderous and defamatory” statements that were made about her during the National Recount.
Through her Attorneys-at-law Nigel Hughes and Eusi Anderson, Myers is seeking $100 million from Datadin for defamation published by NewsRoom.
She is seeking $50 million from the News Room over the defamation statement circulated and is asking the court to award her aggravated and exemplary damages, costs, and interest.
In the State of Claims filed, Myers explained that on March 6, 2020, at GECOM’s Command Centre, Datadin, in an interview, made certain defamatory statements about her which the News Room later carried.
In the three minutes long video, Myers noted that Datadin said that she acted illegally, corruptly, and ultra vires in her capacity as Deputy Chief Election Officer related to the results for Region Four – the largest voting district.
The DCEO stated that the allegations leveled against her by Datadin, which were later carried by the News Room, have “substantially hurt” and “diminished her image in the eyes and minds of Guyanese and the international community.”
As a result, she is also hoping to get a permanent injunction restraining the defendants, whether by their servants and agents, from further publishing or causing to be published by any means whatsoever the interview with Datadin.
The DECO is also seeking an order that the defendant’s cause be published in the electronic/online versions of the News Room, a retraction and apology to her for the false, malicious, and defamatory statements impugning her character and reputation.
Further, she wants a mandatory injunction compelling News Room to remove the interview with Datadin from its Facebook page permanently.
Myers is presently before the court facing misconduct in public office as it relates to the 2020 elections.