Shanique Myrie vs Barbados lawsuit begins today in Jamaica

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shanique mYRIE 2013The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will hold its first ever sitting in Jamaica today to hear evidence from witnesses in the case in which a Jamaican national has sued Barbados.

Shanique Myrie, 25, who was granted leave by the CCJ to file the action, alleges that when she traveled to Barbados on March, 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.

Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian Immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport and is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM citizens moving around the region.

The attorneys representing Barbados in the Shanique Myrie lawsuit are ready to fight the country’s cause when the case begins in Jamaica tomorrow, confident in their defence and the testimony that will be offered by their witnesses during the month-long trial.

That was the word from Roger Forde, QC, who is leading the island’s legal team, shortly after he arrived in Kingston yesterday afternoon ahead of the March 4 to 8 Jamaica leg of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) hearings.

“I have faith in the evidence as put by our witnesses and I fully believe in what our witnesses have told us – the immigration and customs officers and police,” stated Roger Forde, QC.

He explained that there would be “very little law” discussed during the first stages, as each side puts its witnesses on the stand to support their cases.

On September 27, last year, Jamaica was granted leave to intervene in the matter.

The hearings will take place from March 4 to 8 in Jamaica.

SOURCE: CMC/ Nation News

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