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Legal battle likely over fingerprinting

SHAWN CUMBERBATCH, [email protected]

Legal battle likely over fingerprinting

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THE FREUNDEL STUART ADMINISTRATION could have its hands full with a court battle over its decision to fingerprint Barbadians leaving and returning to the country from next month.

Leader of the Opposition Mia Mottley served notice of this possibility yesterday.

She said that a legal team, including St James North MP Edmund Hinkson, and fellow attorney at law David Comissiong, was prepared to challenge the biometrics initiative which is scheduled to start on April 1.

Mottley, a former attorney general, said it was “absolute nonsense and madness” for Barbados to fingerprint its own citizens. But beyond that, she said how the authorities had dealt with the related regulations was wrong.

Speaking during the first day of debate on the Appropriations Bill, she said: “You notice I have only spoken on this once because a folly is a folly . . . and the law courts are going to have to deal with this if good sense doesn’t prevail.  .  .”

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