The long-running feud between politicians Dr. Suruj Rambachan and Jack Warner has cost the latter $375,000.
Rambachan said in a statement on Friday that Warner had agreed to pay that sum in a settlement over alleged defamatory and slanderous remarks.
He said the sum represents damages, interest, and costs.
The order of the court “vindicates my position that the many statements made by Mr. Warner in the public domain seeking to defame my character and that of my family were all entirely untrue,” Rambachan said.
He claimed that the statements had been made to give the People’s National Movement (PNM) “a political advantage before the last election.”
The statements included “baseless allegations of corruption, of which there was absolutely no evidence,” he added.
He said when he initiated the legal action “my motivation was to send a message to Mr. Warner and other persons who make reckless, irresponsible and untrue statements that there is a price to pay for those unlawful actions.”
Rambachan was represented by attorneys Anand Ramlogan and Kelvin Ramkissoon.
Rambachan and Warner have had a long-standing political conflict.