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JA minister sure about Myrie case

JA minister sure about Myrie case Shanique Myrie. (FP)

By Tony Best | Fri, November 16, 2012 - 12:08 AM

Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hilton is confident the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will rule in his country’s favour and against Barbados when it hands down the decision in a widely anticipated case involving 24-year-old Shanique Myrie, a Jamaican who accused Barbadian Customs and Immigration officers of cavity-searching her at Grantley Adams’ International Airport.

“I know the strength of the case we have. I know what the intent was when we created the treaty [on the free movement of skilled CARICOM nationals],” he said in Montego Bay.

“I participated in the creation and the negotiation of the treaty. I know what the intent was and I know there has been a breach [by Barbados] of both the letter and the spirit of the treaty.”

Hilton, who lodged the case against Barbados when he was an opposition parliamentarian in Jamaica, was quick to insist that his confidence about the outcome wasn’t based on any inside information on the CCJ’s intentions but, instead, could be traced solely to the strength of Jamaica’s case.

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Posted by Marva Marshall 1 year, 5 months ago
What is the core of this case ... is it the right to let in Jamaicans without checking?

Does it rest on the legality of a sovereign country's border officers to ensure that those entering fulfill various obligations?
tell us

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Posted by Peter lane 1 year, 5 months ago
oh boy

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Posted by Olutoye WALROND 1 year, 5 months ago
Ms. Marshall, you must know that this case is not simply about checking immigrants to the country. There would be no case if it were that simple. The allegation here is one of grave violation of a person's dignity by someone not legally empowered to act in the manner they did.

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Posted by hyacinth benskin saroop 1 year, 5 months ago
One woman can bring down customs n Immigration, make us look bad, what if it was the USA did that to her, what would she do, but is it true is the question? what does the officers saying about this, sorry I did not hear. So when we go to Jamaica, n look suspicious n lying won't they search us too. that's why I believe in cameras in certain departments, there are the proof, but time will tell.

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