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Jamaica is not holding up deportation of man from Qatar - government

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2015 | 8:32 AM

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is denying claims that the continued imprisonment of a Jamaican Paul Stevens in Qatar is due to the failure of the Ministry to issue a passport.

The Ministry says it has notified the Qatari authorities of Jamaica’s readiness to issue a travel document to the Jamaican national in their custody as soon as the arrangements for his departure have been made.

However, it says despite continued close contact between the Embassy of Jamaica in Kuwait and the Qatari authorities, at no time has Jamaica been formally advised that a deportation is to take place and a travel document is to be issued.

It says reports that indicate otherwise are misinformed and ill-conceived.

It says the Embassy in Kuwait can produce an emergency travel document at very short notice and is prepared to do so.