Stuart: Not obsessed with fingerprinting
WHATEVER IS FOUND to be wrong with the Government’s proposed fingerprinting measures at the island’s airport and seaport will be corrected.
Giving the assurance to the House yesterday, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said Government was not “strongheaded or wrong-headed” on the issue, which he declined to discuss in much detail since he said the matter was now before the law courts.
Government’s plans to introduce the biometric entry and exit checks from April 1 were deferred after opposition was raised by the public and legal challenges were made to the proposed measure.
The Prime Minister said yesterday that since the concerns were raised, the Immigration Department and the Ministry of Defence and Security had put the whole fingerprinting issue on hold. He insisted Government was not “obsessively and compulsively setting out to fingerprint Barbadians leaving and coming back home”. (GC)
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