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CCJ may hear abuse claim


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CCJ may hear abuse claim

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice ((CCJ) may be called upon to adjudicate in the matter in which a Jamaican woman claimed she had been sexually abused by Immigration officials when she landed in Barbados last month.
The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper quoted Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Dr Kenneth Baugh, as saying that the matter involving 20-year-old Shanique Myrie could be headed to the CCJ 
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice ((CCJ) may be called upon to adjudicate in the matter in which a Jamaican woman claimed she had been sexually abused by Immigration officials when she landed in Barbados last month.
The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper quoted Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Dr Kenneth Baugh, as saying that the matter involving 20-year-old Shanique Myrie could be headed to the CCJ if Bridgetown and Kingston cannot work out their differences.
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.
“In my own discussion with you concerning the problem in Barbados, it’s going through a process. But eventually, it may well end up at the Caribbean Court of Justice, and we both accept that we will take it to that degree if it becomes necessary,” Baugh said.
This would be the first time that the Jamaican Government would be taking a case to the CCJ since it was established in 2001.
Myrie said she was subjected to an invasive cavity search by a female immigration officer when she arrived in Barbados on March 14.  She has since retained the services of Hylton, who is the former minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade.
Last month Jamaica sent a high level delegation to Bridgetown for talks with Barbadian authorities on the issue. (CMC)

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