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recently a person phoned my church minister stating that they

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recently a person phoned my church minister stating that they had contacted the police reporting that they thought that i might be acting in a criminal way and suggesting that being a police chaplain he might be able to find out if the police had discovered anything.
he followed their advice and the police contact told him that there was no problem with me.
a week later my church minister confessed to me what he had done and stated that the police told him that they were aware of the reported suspicion and had no interests in it.
my minister then refused to tell me who had made the initial phone call to him telling of their report to the police as he had promised them not to reveal their name to me.
has he the right to refuse to divulge their name as i believe they have libelled me ?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

Thank you for your question. My name is Jo and I will try to help with this.

My name is Jo and I will try to help with this. In order to give you an answer tailored to your circumstances, I will just need to ask you some preliminary questions so that I can consider your position from all angles.

Is there anything for you to worry about?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

for jo.c no worries about police but minister stated that the person calling him was member of my family so immediate suspicion fell on my brother. my brother and i have talked and he is supportive of me and also upset with my minister for throwing suspicion on it being him.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.

It is possible that the initial call did amount to a defamation. It depends really on the context of the conversation and the allegations.

However, in any event, you cannot force a minister to tell you who made the phone call. That is always supposing he even knows the identity of the caller.

If you are intent upon suing for defamation then you could seek an injunction forcing him to reveal the knowledge that he has upon the point. That is an expensive business though and you should be aware of that. These injunctions cost several thousands of pounds and if the only outcome is that you are told the call was anonymous or made by a person not worth suing then that would be wasted funds.

I'm sorry this isn't the answer you wanted but it is the position that you face and I have a duty to inform you truthfully.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thanks but he told me he does know the name of the person but geels bound by his promise not to let me know who they were



Expert:  Jo C. replied 4 years ago.
You could seek an injunction then but you take the risks I mentioned above.