PHILIPSBURG:--- Mr. Fernando Clark was summoned to retract his factually incorrect, slanderous and defamatory remarks about, briefly put, sexual harassment allegedly leading to his dismissal. His remarks were clearly geared at the Minister of Justice, which function was held by my person during his dismissal.
In reaction to my summons to first and foremost retract his statements and secondly confirm in writing that he would refrain from making further incorrect, slanderous and defamatory statements, Mr. Clark informed my attorney yesterday that:
“- As mentioned in my press release of Thursday, October 18th, 2018 I have no proof, no evidence and no witness(es) to substantiate what I claimed has happened. Therefore, upon receipt of your email, I have decided to desist from making future statements, publicly or otherwise, in regards to the allegations made in my press release of Thursday, October 18th, 2018.
- Your letter of October 19th, 2018 indicates clearly that you assume that I was referring to your client in my press release. However, I never mentioned your client’s name, or any other name for that matter, in my press release and I will, therefore, accept no responsibility for any monetary losses resulting from this matter.”
Mr. Clark thereby complied with the second part of my summons, which is to confirm in writing that he would refrain from making further publications are making further remarks in this matter. His reaction, however, does not entail a retraction and I will consequently further pursue this matter, as stated, in court.
Statement from Minister Cornelius de Weever.