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Major legal showdown looms between Bunting, the Attorney General and deported Curacoan

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:08 PMBarbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Bunting has filed an application to go to the Privy Council to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of Quant.

If National Security Minister Peter Bunting gets his way, there could be a major legal showdown at the Privy Council between Bunting, the Attorney General and deported Curacoan, Shurendy Quant. 

Bunting has filed an application to go to the Privy Council to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of Quant.

The hearing into the application is set to begin on January 25 next year. 

Bunting wants the Privy Council to overturn the appeal court’s ruling.

Quant and the Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, have been named as the respondents in the application. 

The law firm Hylton and Powell, filed the application on behalf of Bunting.

In October, the appeal court set aside a Supreme Court order for Quant to pay $1.5 million as security to pursue his claim against an alleged unlawful deportation order.

Bunting had asked Quant to put up the money in the event his claim was unsuccessful.

Quant, who was being represented by Carolyn Reid Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron, had argued that it was unfair to ask him to pay a security.

The appeals court ruled that given the circumstances of his case this would be an attempt to prevent him access to the court to obtain justice.

Quant was deported to his home country in April 2013 and was later sent to The Netherlands to face drug-related charges despite a Supreme Court order barring his removal.

Quant is fighting the deportation order against him and the Judicial Review Court has reserved its decision.