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Myrie case before CCJ starts in Trinidad

Barry Alleyne in Port of Spain

Myrie case before CCJ starts in Trinidad

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Lawyers are now assembling at the Caribbean Court of Justice’s Port of Spain headquarters, where the final two days of Shanique Myrie’s lawsuit against the Government of Barbados will be heard.
Myrie, the 22-year-old Jamaican woman who claims she was discriminated against when she arrived in Barbados three years ago, arrived at the court’s Henry Street headquarters moments ago, accompanied by her attorney, Michelle Brown. The court also heard that another of Myrie’s attorneys, Nancy Anderson had an accident last week which required emergency surgery and she would be absent from today’s proceedings.
Myrie, dressed in a long-sleeved black jacket, navy blue shirt and black slacks, arrived by private car and even greeted reporters outside the court, before entering and quietly taking a seat in a corner of the courtroom.
Brown is expected to be the first lawyer to be heard today, as final submissions are heard in the case. Following her will be CARICOM lawyer Dr Kathy-Ann Brown, and Barbados’ lead attorney Roger Forde, Q.C is expected to wrap up the proceedings at some stage tomorrow.
Myrie claims she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport, on March 14, 2011. The Jamaican woman is also claiming she was subjected to a humiliating body-cavity search in demeaning and unsanitary conditions, before being detained and deported back to Jamaica the next day.