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

Authorities in Marseille banned the wearing of attributes of PSG on…

first_imgOn the day of the final match of the Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich in the center of Marseille, it will be forbidden to wear attributes of the Parisian club, reports “Le Parisien”.This decision was taken by the city authorities to maintain order. This is due to the hostile relations between the fans of Olympique Marseille and PSG.The final will be held on August 23 in Lisbon, and Parisians will have the opportunity to win this trophy for the first time./BTA Follow us anywhere and anytime with the mobile application of Gong.bg. You can download it from Google Play, App Store and AppGallery.last_img read more