April 26, 2011

Jamaica could take Shanique Myrie case to CCJ

Dr Kenneth Baugh, minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, has warned that the CCJ could be asked to rule on the case if the two countries cannot work out their differences.

This would be the first time that the Jamaican Government would be taking a case to the CCJ since it was established in 2001.

Ironically, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which now forms the government, has been opposed to the CCJ being the country’s final court of appeal, although in recent months there has appeared to be a softening of that position inside the party.

With the Myrie dispute now at the level of government to government and a probe under way in Bridgetown, the Jamaican authorities are demanding that the Barbadian government does all that is necessary to establish the facts.

The dispute stems from claims by Myrie that she was subjected to verbal harassment and a demeaning cavity search on arrival in Bridgetown.

Responding to questions from Opposition Spokesman Anthony Hylton during last week’s meeting of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament, Baugh declared that Jamaica is not backing down on the Myrie case.

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