CCJ rules statements cannot be used as evidence in Shanique Myrie case

first_imgAttorneys on their way to courtBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday March 20, 2013 – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday ruled that the statements of two people interviewed by a police officer as part of his investigations into allegations by a Jamaican national that she was assaulted by an immigration officer when she visited Barbados in 2011 cannot be used as evidence in the matter.But the CCJ said that the statements could be used for identification purposes and for cross examination as it continued hearing evidence in the case in which Shanique Myrie, 25, alleged that when she travelled to Barbados on March 14, 2011 she was discriminated against because of her nationality, subjected to a body cavity search, detained overnight in a cell and deported to Jamaica the following day.Myrie also claimed that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by a Barbadian immigration officer at the Grantley Adams International Airport and is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) citizens moving around the region.On September 27 last year, Jamaica was granted leave to intervene in the matter.Last week, the CCJ held its first-ever sitting in Jamaica to hear testimonies from several witnesses and is now holding a similar hearing in Barbados.On Monday, lawyers representing the Barbados government had objected to efforts by Myrie’s legal team that statements by two people be admitted as evidence.Queen’s Counsel Roger Forde had objected, saying that to admit the statements without examining their veracity would be highly improper. He argued that Myrie’s lawyer should have done it during the pre-trial disclosure.Attorney Kathy Brown, who is representing the Jamaica government, argued that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) accepts all documentation submitted by any party.But the CCJ panel of judges, headed by President Sir Dennis Byron, ruled that the “statements taken from Daniel Forde and Shakira Rowe be admitted for identification purposes and that the claimant, and by necessary extension, the Intevener is permitted to use statement contained therein for the purposes of the cross examination of witnesses”.On the second day of the trial, Pamela Clarke, who had been identified by Myrie as the person with whom she would have been staying in Barbados, said she didn’t know the Jamaican national.“I don’t know Shanique Myrie. I have never spoken to her on the phone,” she told the court, adding under cross examination that her friend Daniel Forde had spoken to her about a friend of his coming from Jamaica.She said Forde had asked her to allow him to give his friend her name and number if that person had any difficulties on arrival in Barbados.She insisted the Forde did not give her a name but she assumed it was a woman.She said on March 14, 2011 Clarke said she received a call from Forde inquiring whether or not anyone had called her, to which she replied “no”.But she said shortly afterwards she received a call from a person who identified himself as a police officer asking if she had someone coming in from Jamaica.She said she told the officer that Daniel Forde would collect the visitor and the officer then requested that she provide some form of identification for Forde.Clarke said she called Forde who informed her he was wearing black because he had came from a funeral.“I did not agree that my name and address be given to the immigration officer,” Clarke said, adding “I did not agree with Danny (Daniel) that anyone could stay”.Clarke said she later received another call from a senior police officer who asked if it was her practice to clear people through immigration, to which she also replied “no”.The other person to testify at the hearing was Alicia Young, the immigration officer who interviewed Myrie.She told the court that she recalled referring a female passenger to her supervisor and also taking the passenger to the waiting area where she handed the travel documents to her supervisor.Young told the court that she did not recall processing Shanique Myrie and she had referred the Jamaican to her supervisor because she was a first time visitor to Barbados and Myrie had indicated she met her host on the internet.The immigration officer told the court she was never given any instruction to treat CARICOM nationals any differently.Caribbean 360 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions NewsRegional CCJ rules statements cannot be used as evidence in Shanique Myrie case by: – March 20, 2013last_img read more

World’s largest cruise ship to call on Jamaica in November

first_img Share Share Tweet BusinessNewsRegional World’s largest cruise ship to call on Jamaica in November by: Jamaica Observer – June 14, 2016 Sharing is caring!center_img 83 Views   no discussions Share A view of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship docked in Barcelona, Spain, on June 5.Photo: AP(Jamaica Observer) HARMONY of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is slated to make its inaugural call to Jamaica in November.The vessel, owned by Royal Caribbean, is scheduled to dock at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said the visit will provide a major boost for Jamaica’s growing cruise-ship sector, which is still celebrating a 13.6 per cent growth for the 2015/16 winter season.Bartlett made the disclosure during an interview with JIS at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association held Saturday at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann.“In addition to Royal Caribbean’s other vessels — Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas — Jamaica will now have the three largest ships in the world calling on our ports,” Bartlett pointed out.He said that Harmony of the Seas is on its inaugural voyage in Barcelona, Spain, and will remain in Europe for the summer before going to Fort Lauderdale in the fall for its Caribbean cruise, when it will make its Jamaica stop.Bartlett said that Royal Caribbean has had a long relationship with the local cruise industry, with the Falmouth Pier accommodating most of the cruise line’s flagship vessels.“As a matter of fact, it’s not just Royal Caribbean,” the minister pointed out.“It is no secret that all the cruise lines that ply the western Caribbean route continue to see Jamaica as a marquee destination, boasting some of the Caribbean’s finest attractions,” he said “When itineraries are being put together, the quality attractions we have here in Jamaica have to be taken into consideration. Where else in the Caribbean or in this hemisphere will you find a natural gem like Dunn’s River?” he asked.Meanwhile, the tourism minister said that the cruise sector is poised for further growth.“I am actually going to Miami next week to meet with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to discuss additional ships for Jamaica. We see Kingston coming into the picture now as a cruise destination… these are really exciting times,” he said.At 226,963 tons, Harmony of the Seas has been described as a “floating mega resort”. It boasts three main pool areas, a water slide complex, adults-only solarium, an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a basketball court and a mall-like indoor promenade with shops, bars and eateries.Wider than Oasis and Allure by about 2.5 feet, Harmony holds nearly 100 more passengers than its sisters at double occupancy. Its total capacity is 6,780 people, not including crew, which is a record for the cruise industry.last_img read more

PFD Application Period Now Open

first_imgRace: “So last year we roughly received about 675,000 applications, as I said before from 2013 to 2014 we saw a slight increase with about 2,000 more applications however with that being said in the past we’ve had some slight decreases from year to year so I think the margin of increase to decrease will be very minimal.” The deadline for the filing period is March 31, 2015 and Race said the division will accept paper applications after as long as they are postmarked by that date. Permanent Fund Dividend Division Director Sara Race said there are roughly 365 distribution sites across the state which carry the paper applications.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The 2015 Permanent Fund Dividend application period is now open but significant online traffic is slowing the electronic method of filing according to their website.last_img read more

Report: “black-ish” to Spin Off Yara Shahidi’s Zoey to College

first_imgABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — Yara Shahidi, the beautiful actress who plays Zoey, the eldest daughter of Anthony Anderson’s and Tracey Ellis-Ross’ characters on black-ish, could be getting her own spin-off.According to Deadline, the ABC sitcom’s creator, Kenya Barris, and its showrunner, Larry Wilmore, are working on a comedy that would focus on Zoey’s life as she heads off to college. The publication reports the concept will be introduced as a “backdoor pilot episode” — meaning it would be a regular episode of the show — to air in the spring.If the show become a reality, it would be the first series to be spun off from the acclaimed ABC comedy, which has earned a Golden Globe for Ellis-Ross, and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more