The law firm of Kusamotu & Kusamotu, has faulted the use of the word â€˜connivanceâ€™ by another law firm, Templars Solicitors, in a THISDAY publication of January 31, 2017.
In a protest letter addressed to THISDAY on the alleged indebtedness of Emerald Energy Resources Limited to China Export Credit Insurance Corporation to the tune of $45,730,697.57, the law firm which acts as solicitors and legal representatives to China Export Credit Insurance Corporation, argued that the word â€˜connivanceâ€™ in law means â€˜corruptâ€™ or â€˜guilty assent to wrongdoing.â€™
Kusamotu & Kusamotu pointed out that in the said publication, Templars Solicitors was quoted as saying in a protest letter sent to THISDAY that â€œthe offensive materials were published against its clients with the active connivance of a firm of legal practitioners, Kusamotu & Kusamotu, which acted for China Export and Credit Insurance.â€
According to the firm, the words used in the publication are highly libelous, defamatory and occasioned grave injury and damage to its office in the lawful discharge of its clientâ€™s instructions.
The firm revealed that its client had instituted legal proceedings in claim number: CL-2017-000150 against Emerald Energy in the High Court of England for the $45 million debt.