Mohammed Asaria launches lawsuit over publication of ‘fake news’

Asaria is the founder of Range Developments

Mohammed Asaria, the founder of Range Development and developer of the Cabrits Resort in Dominica, has filed legal action in the US state of Georgia for defamation and tortious interference in relation to a news item which has been dismissed as fake.

It was recently reported that Asaria was arrested in China but according to Range Development the story was untrue.

The suit was filed against Beres Mack and Dr. Isaax Newtown for their alleged role in the dissemination of news stories.

It asserts that, on June 4, 2018, Mack and Newton caused fake news stories to be published against Asaria.

Asaria and his company are now seeking punitive, exemplary and special damages against both men for their alleged roles in the matter.

It has been reported that Mack is originally from Montserrat, describing himself as a “media consultant” and vice president of MC Media Inc., while Newton from Antigua with US nationality, claims to be a regional election consultant and “change agent”.

Given the ongoing litigation, Asaria and Range Developments preferred not to comment specifically on the content of Mack’s emails or the identity of their principals.

“Range’s board of directors is committed to pursuing anybody who seeks to damage its reputation or does not honour their contractual obligations towards Range,” said Rupert Wright, chairman of Ashbright, the company’s public relations firm. “It has hired Reed Smith, a leading international law firm, to seek the fullest possible damages in all jurisdictions.”

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23 Comments

  1. manyways
    July 12, 2018

    Test Page
    Those unpatriotic, irresponsible, Dominicans, in and out of Skerrit’s DLP Gov’t, as well as supporters defenders, protectors all ,have NO LOVE for Dominica, the same beautiful country which nurtures them so well.,

  2. UKDominican
    July 12, 2018

    Harvey Law Group are authorised government agents for our CBI programme, listed at 25 Independence St. Roseau, tel. 276-4047 and 235-1400. On 27 June they made a press announcement in Hong Kong that they have acquired nearly 20% of the inventory of the Six Senses hotel being developed by Range in St. Kitts. Does this mean that Range have a cash-flow problem?
    They also stated that they have worked closely with Range on its Cabrits Resort Kempinski, expected to open in the third quarter of 2019.
    (Source: PR Newswire Hong Kong , 27 June 2018)

  3. Man betta man
    July 11, 2018

    All I know is Venezuela ambassador come on Marlin news stating all is well and Venezuela doh want da help with nothing and CNN prove him wrong. ABC will prove asaria wrong. Doh worry take all Dominica money get rich and feed us with tricks before election.

  4. KID ON THE BLOCK
    July 11, 2018

    Matt and Q95 should not be spared. Matt is a notorious FAKE NEWS reporter. Just say it and he will spread it.

  5. Paul Rossnof
    July 11, 2018

    Everyone that does do business with Skerrit in any shape or form has to be treated with suspicion. The way this project is financed is very shaky and possibly not above board. Furthermore Skerrit needs to be held accountable for giving away these 15 acre of prime land carved out of a National Park that does belong to all Dominicans. Did he ask anyone of us? I rest my case! One could say this is pure and simple theft. This man for sure thinks he’s above the law and he has to go!!!

  6. Man bites dogs
    July 11, 2018

    I have no doubt the opposition party and that gorilla Francisco, Must be involved in that fake news allegation!!!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 11, 2018

      Mr. Animal you are a carnivore;  I do not have any time to spend on you. I don’t care what you say about me; maybe you were in jail with him in China, I doh know eh.  I do not even know if you are an evil sprite, dog or a rat!

      You seem more like a rat to me, a little black wet hungry rat, you hungry like a church rat!

      You pretend to be in England one day, the same day you say you are in Dominica! For all I know you are somewhere thieving people ting eh, just like a certain man I know: (I doh can call him name on  DNO) but you and him are the same.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      When the government change both of you are going to jail along with the foreigners he gave Dominica money to build hotel that cannot materialized!

      • July 12, 2018

        That change of Government will not come before God has nurtured the minds of the men and women whom He wants to rule our God-fearing people and continue to up-raise our homeland–Dominica. So don’t hold your breath, lest you suffocate; and stop with those idle and empty thoughts.

        Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and his men and women of Government ain’t going nowhere until God says that His work for the country and its people is finished.

        As I write it; SO SHALL IT BE DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Uncle
        July 12, 2018

        Elisabeth, sorry lady but I truly believe your mind is warped. God has no special people and He did not even listen to Hugo Chavez remember. In death we are all the same and that is God’s message. I find that very sobering and healthy.

  7. UKDominican
    July 11, 2018

    I can not comment on fake news. DNO on 19 Oct. 2015 reported “Cabrits Resort Kempinski to be completed in 2018”, citing Mohammed Asaria. However, on 15 Feb., 2018 the German trade magazine Turistik Aktuell reported that the Kempinski Resort were expecting their first guests in 2019. www. rangedominica.com list an address, telephone no and p.o. box, which are the same as those for Gerald D. Burton Chambers in Roseau and an address in London at 76 Davies Street, W1K 5RF, tel. 020-3588 1515, mob. 07718 519951.
    The company Range Developments Ltd. registered in the UK under no. 10287038 on 20 July, 2016 is not necessarily related and in any case was gazetted to be struck off on 19 June of this year.

    I do hope the project will be completed because it would provide some 1,000 jobs , according to the DNO article (in addition to the 500 on construction). I also hope that the beach area will not be restricted and remain open to the general public.

  8. Let me talk man
    July 10, 2018

    Hogwash! My grandpa was right when he told me smoke never goes without fire. So I believe granpa. Most times lawsuit is a way of doing damage control, especially when one the fire to spread to quickly. Skerrit sued Matt and on case day they went to settle in Secret. If Mr was serious he wouldn’t gone to Georgia, where cases of that nature take forever before they are called. Sounds like Mr buying time

    • UKDominican
      July 11, 2018

      I believe Matt did of us all a disservice by not defending his case against Skerrit in court at that time. To this day I do not know what the terms of the out-of-court settlement were and as far as I know Matt has never disclosed them in public. Does this mean that the settlement included a non-disclosure order and if so was there any compensation for Matt? After all, it forced the closure of his newspaper. I really wish he would have
      shown more balls and we may not be in the mess we are in today.

  9. RastarMarn
    July 10, 2018

    DNO can allyou give Marn some more information, State of Georgia is huge with a number of Counties, could someone at DNO specify wether or not this is a Federal case or a State case???

    If this is a State case could allyou be specific as to what county the complaint was filed???

    Would be rather interesting to follow this matter to it’s ultimate outcome,,,

    Speaking of cases what ever happened to that case Skerrit filed for similar damages at Florida???

  10. 15 acres from Cabrits given free
    July 10, 2018

    Those unpatriotic, irresponsible, Dominicans, in and out of Skerrit’s DLP Gov’t, as well as supporters defenders, protectors all ,have NO LOVE for Dominica, the same beautiful country which nurtures them so well.,

    Never forget, always remember, that Skerritt’s DLP Gov’t went to Parliament, in 2015, soon after the 2014 General Elections, changed the laws regarding our National Parks, without any prior consultation or seeking the views of Dominicans, carved out 15 ACRES of our land from our CABRITS NATIONAL PARK, and awarded all of that land FREE to the foreign Co,. Range Development.

    As if that wasn’t enough, Skerritt’s DLP Gov’t gave Range Development our passports to sell to make MILLIONS to raise $$$$$$$$$$$ to build their hotel. Nobody knows HOW MUCH money Range Development is making selling our PASSPORTS. Our country, our souls FOR SALE.

    DLP Gov’t gave 15 ACRES of land and PASSPORTS FREE to Range Development so will the HOTEL be for Dominicans, for…

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 10, 2018

      That is something that should be investigated and litigated; it is time that people in Dominica hold Roosevelt accountable, along with the thieves from all over the world he gives our poor country money. He gets kickback!

      Just like the Moroccan crap, by the time this is over the earth will sink under whatever this yellow looking guy and Roosevelt are building. What sort of business is that, Dominica is the only place Government gives money to people to build hotel, and especially a bloody foreigner at that!

      Every criminal comes to our country, get rich on the poor and leave! And by the way to the fool who is Peeping Tom, describes your character, in Dominica that is defined in patios to be “makoo”. You are a Makooman, in English also translate “pervert!”

      Be informed Makoo whereas you said great work Mohammed his crap does not work in America, litigation simply means a contest in court between litigants. You can sue that does not mean win and getting money.

  11. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    July 10, 2018

    Given the ongoing litigation, Asaria and Range Developments preferred not to comment specifically on the content of Mack’s emails or the identity of their principals.

    The reason they are not commenting, or cannot comment is because it is a pile of baloney, that is a no case in the United States; anything associated with Dominica, must be corrupted. if he has a case filed in Georgia, I suggest he present a case number on the docket, stating the day  the case is schedule to be heard!

    Perhaps Donald Trump should look into his his nationality, to see if he is from one of the Muslim Nations band from traveling to the United States!

    If it is fake new, he can neither claim libel, or slander, because it fake in other words it is a joke! If he want somebody to prove he was not arrested in China, he has the burden to prove to the court that he was not, can prove he was not arrested there?

  12. Peeping Tom
    July 10, 2018

    Great work, Mohammed! Now, what about those entities from Dominica who have played their part in disseminating this mischief?

    Let me grab my popcorn and a big bottle of cherry juice while i watch this one unfold!

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      July 10, 2018

      How  do you know it is mischief, and not true?

  13. Peeping Tom
    July 10, 2018

    DNO: “It has been reported that Mack is originally from Montserrat, describing himself as a “media consultant” and vice president of MC Media Inc., while Newton from Antigua with US nationality, claims to be a regional election consultant and “change agent”.

    Sounds like the hand of SCL.

  14. Uncle
    July 10, 2018

    Good luck Mohammed. I don’t know how wise that is , don’t know how many cans of worms you may open but good luck all the same Just don’t use this as a pretext to shutter your Dominica operation.

  15. Expat
    July 10, 2018

    Any body from Dominica who was involved in this fake story should be concerned.

  16. REAL!!!!!!
    July 10, 2018

    No one or organization should be involved in creating then dissipating Fake News.

    Just wondering what would be their motive, if my information serve me right Range Development is not doing any development in Monserrat or Antigua.

    But I still don’t trust this organization Range Development

  17. Charles
    July 10, 2018

    These guys need to stop messing with Dominica and that will end this–but don’t tell Skerrit that- crap

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