High Court Justice Margaret Reifer will decide on Monday if the Supreme Court has the jurisdiction to determine if the extended detention of Cuban Raul Garcia is unlawful, and breaches the Constitution of Barbados.
Attorneys representing the Minister responsible for Immigration (Prime Minister Freundel Stuart) and the Chief Immigration Officer yesterday submitted to the No. 6 Supreme Court that a deportation order and detention order in Garcia’s name remained reasonable, and the court should be ousted from making a determination on the matter.
Garcia’s lawyer David Comissiong countered that Justice Reifer, in making her decision, should also determine if Government’s current detention of the stateless Garcia breached the Constitution, which remained Barbados’ supreme law.
Attorneys from both sides made submissions before the judge in a three-hour hearing yesterday, as Garcia, decked out in an orange polo shirt and beige slacks, and flanked by three Immigration Department officials, paid rapt attention.