Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan describes as malicious recent allegations against the founder of Range Developers Mohammed Asaria
Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan has described as malicious the recent attempts made in the media to assassinate the character of the founder of Range Developments Mohammed Asaria.
Range developments are the developers behind the Kempinski Resort under construction in Portsmouth.
Over the weekend, a news outlet based in the Caribbean published a story claiming Mohammed Asaria the founder of Range Developments, had been arrested and detained in China on suspicion of illegal fundraising.
Range Developments have vigorously rejected the story, and have provided photographic evidence to disprove the false claims, and have promised to pursue “the highest possible damages” in court.
Astaphan says it is distasteful how some people in Dominica are quick to jump to conclusions because of politics.
Asaria has provided photographic evidence to prove that he is, in fact, in Geneva, and not in a Chinese jail.
Meantime a statement from Range Developments through local Attorney Colleen T. Felix Grant from the chambers of Gerald D Burton, says there is no truth whatsoever in these allegations that Mr Mohammed Asaria had been arrested and detained in China.
The statement also says that Mr Asaria is actually in Geneva, Switzerland, presenting at the Investment Migration Council’s conference.
The statement went on to say that It is obvious that the purpose of these articles is solely to damage Mr. Asaria’s and Range’s reputation among investors.
The company’s lawyers are insisting on an immediate retraction and the highest possible damages.
The allegation first surfaced on a website called MNI Alive: Global Caribbean Media, and have been picked up by other media, including NewsAmericaNow and Jamaica Inquirer.