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Nigel Stewart back as lawyer for Keith Mitchell

Nigel Stewart – has agreed to return on libel case

One month after sacking attorney-at-law Nigel Stewart as his lawyer in a libel suit brought against current Attorney General Claudette Joseph, former Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has returned to him to take charge of the case.

The decision follows on the heels of the decision taken by U.S-trained lawyer Jerry Edwin to withdraw his legal services in the case, which is currently before a Master of the High Court.

Informed legal sources told THE NEW TODAY that Dr. Mitchell was forced to go back to Stewart since several local attorneys are unwilling to represent him in court including several who are known to be associated with his New National Party (NNP).

“When the man was Prime Minister a lot of these dam lawyers were eating off his hand with legal work but now he is in the opposition and not one of them is willing to help him out with this case,” said one female lawyer.

She dropped hints that one of the factors could be related to allegations within legal circles that Dr. Mitchell, a proclaimed multi-millionaire with assets of over EC$19 million, is reluctant to pay for legal service.

The dismissal of Stewart, a former Senator in a past NNP government, came against the backdrop of internal squabbles in the party following its defeat at the polls one year ago by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Dickon Mitchell.

THE NEW TODAY cannot independently confirm reports that the decision of Attorney Edwin to pull out of the case could have been influenced by a statement made by the sitting Master Alvin Pariagsingh at the last hearing that the former Prime Minister could have an uphill battle in the case.

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Dr. Mitchell brought the libel case against Sen. Joseph following statements she made about him in connection with the failed Shrimp Farm project in St Mark in which the investor disappeared with millions of dollars from the sale of Grenadian passports.

The NNP boss denied that he was an investor in the project.

In January 2021, a High Court judge dismissed Joseph’s appeal after she missed the deadline set by the Court for filing a defence in the matter and Attorney Stewart was able to secure a judgment in default for Dr. Mitchell.

One of the issues of concern in the libel case relates to the manner in which Edwin abruptly pulled out of the matter.

He said the records will show that Edwin was not properly on record as the legal representative of Dr. Mitchell and was directed by the Master to do so.

“…Look at what the Master directed him to do…did he do it? No. Instead he (Edwin) files an application to come off from something he wasn’t formally on,” said the lawyer.

THE NEW TODAY was able to obtain a copy of the Order from Master Alvin Pariagsingh which reads as follow:

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