The United Progressive Party (UPP) and its agents have resorted to circulating fake news about Gaston Browne.
In the lowest and most vulgar demonstration of its efforts to smear the reputation of Prime Minister Browne, the UPP has manufactured a Notice, claiming it is from the Justice Department of the Dominican Republic, asking for the extradition of Gaston Browne for money laundering and drug trafficking.
A copy of the Notice written in Spanish is attached to this media release.
The address of the Gaston Browne that the fake news identifies is given as Pembroke Pines, Florida, a property legitimately owned by the Prime Minister’s son, Gaston Browne III, but which the UPP has been peddling in another fake news story saying it is the Prime Minister who owns the property.
The serious flaws in the foolish attempt at fake news is the attribution of the request for extradition by the Justice Department of the Dominican Republic for offences in the United States, and the date of the extradition request as 2008 when the UPP was in government.
A further revealing flaw is that the fake document refers to the Pembroke Pines property which Gaston Browne III bought eight years later in 2016.
In any event, the Notice is a lie and is deliberately being distributed by the UPP on the eve of the general election to mislead the electorate of Antigua and Barbuda.
The ABLP strongly condemns this wicked, low and desperate distribution of fake news and advises the electorate to treat it with the disdain and contempt it deserves.