Hylton:Dismiss call for gag order

CAROL MARTINDALE, carolmartindale@nationnews.com

Added 20 November 2012


KINGSTON, Jamaica  - One of the attorneys who was representing Shanique Myrie, the Jamaican woman who alleged that she was sexually assaulted by immigration officials in Barbados, has dismissed a call for a gag order. Anthony Hylton has described as unnecessary the request made by the Barbadian legal team. The lead attorney for the Barbados government, Queen Counsel Roger Forde, sent a letter to Jamaica’s Solicitor General requesting the Jamaican government implement a gag order on ministers when it comes to the Myrie case. Hylton, who is Jamaica’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, explained that he was responding to questions posed by a Barbadian journalist and his statement was not aimed at prejudicing the case. “I am not in the habit of speaking about the case but for the specific question asked of me in that interview, nothing would have been heard from me so I do not believe my remarks were either intended to or had the effect of prejudicing the case, this is just a one day wonder and we will move on,” he said. Myrie brought the case before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) claiming that her rights were violated on March 14, 2011, when she was not only refused entry into Barbados but she was also discriminated against and 'finger raped' by an immigration officer at the Grantley Adams international airport. Myrie, 24, is seeking significant damages including an apology from the Barbados government. In documents filed with the CCJ, which in April granted her special leave to commence proceedings against the Barbados government, Myrie is also claiming J$118,000 (US$1,340) in special damages to cover the cost of airline ticket, medical expenses and a slipper. In addition she is also seeking unspecified amounts for exemplary damages, aggravated damages and interest. (CMC)

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