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Guyanese hotelier/ prospective casino operator, Suriname-headquartered company sue Guyana Chronicle for GYD$4 billion

Owner of Sleepin Hotel and Carnival Casino, Clifton Bacchus.

The Suriname-headquartered Pasha Global Inc. and owner of Sleep-in International Hotel & Casino Inc. have sued the state-owned Guyana Chronicle for a total of GYD$4 billion allegedly libelous articles.

In court papers seen by Demerara Waves Online News, Pasha Global and the owner of Sleep-in, Clifton Bacchus, are each asking the High Court to find that they have been libeled and that they should each be awarded damages of GYD$2 billion each.

The claims, which mirror each other in separate lawsuits, essentially call on the High Court to award more than GYD$1 billion for libel published on August 15, 2017 in an article titled “Tracking the money…Sleepin boss, associate snared in money laundering probe… SOCU tells Gaming Authority investigation on since 2016”.

Bacchus and Pasha Global are also each asking the High Court to award another GYD$1 billion for libel published in the Guyana Chronicle’s edition dated August 17, 2017  in the article titled “THE DUTCH CONNECTION…Sleepin Casino Surinamese partner was jailed for money laundering…Bacchus was quizzed about permission to import slot machines.

Carnival Casino and Sleepin Hotel, Church Street, Georgetown.

Further, the claimants want the High Court to order the Guyana National Newspapers Limited to stop publishing any statement whatsoever of and concerning them “which suggests or tend to suggests or convey the impression” that they are engaged in, connected to, associated with and/or funded by money laundering, drug trafficking and/or drug smuggling and/or from any criminal conduct and/or from criminal proceeds derived from illicit and/or criminal activities whatsoever and howsoever.

The defendants are the Guyana National Newspapers Limited and the Editor of the Guyana Chronicle.

Their lawyers are  Mr. Anil Nandlall, Mr. Manoj Narayan, Mrs. Sasha S. Mahadeo-Narayan & Mr. Rajendra R. Jaigobin

 

  • PETER

    What the Guyana government need to do is first investigate where sleep-in boss got his start up money from to build those 2 hotels and casino’s during the PPP time.

    • Clifton Bacchus

      What are u implying ? Do u know I have been working since I am 13 years old ? That I use to sell on the pave? That I own a store on Regent St for the past 25 years ? That I built 3 hotels over a 20 years period? While most people sleep at nite including you , I working … do u know how much loans I have ? U people do nothing but talk sk…nt all day … why don’t u try to do something to improve your life…. smh …

      • Col123

        Stand up Clifton…. don’t sit back and take crap from these folks… some of our folks are simply destroyed by envy of others who have something to show for their hard work… you see that in the Guyanese media daily.

        • Pam

          How is having women here and there something to be envied……please say because I am confused.

          • Col123

            Pam… you are absolutely correct… it is not to be envied.. the last sentence was intended to be humor…. despite some embedded reality…. guy stuff…sorry…

      • guyanesebajan

        Clearly he really doesn’t know you and dont know how hard you worked all back when your father was alive..i met this man donkey years ago at the church street guest house when i made a proposal to develop his dads palce on sheriff street and add slot machines …he directed me to his dad for further discussion…it never worked out …Minister Noor objected…i couldnt help noticing that Clifton used to do everything there at the guest house…hammering board…carrying linen up the stairs bringing in ice, you name it….that man worked hard…seem like he is being penalised now for either achieving too much or having friends in the opposition, neither is illegal as far as I know….instead of trying to tear him to bits, applaude his effort and encourage him to grow and become stronger….a strong private sector is pivotal if one wants to sustain a vibrant economy.

  • cuffy

    That land belongs to a former deceased PSM officer George Persaud’s father and doctor subryan, it was obtained by lpk and now sleep in,it may not or may have been given title by the former govt.

  • Col123

    You’re and idiot or what… first sentence… it is not about race… next sentence, you couldn’t help yourself…with his ethnicity…. the chap should sue your azz as well…