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Legal showdown between Bunting and Quant to kick off

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 1:02 AM

A court will today begin hearing arguments from lawyers representing the National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, who is pushing to take a deportation case involving a Curacoan man to the Privy Council. 

If Bunting succeeds, the legal showdown will see the security minister going up against the Attorney General, Patrick Atkinson, who is a respondent in the case. 

 

Jovan Johnson reports

The Court of Appeal will hear the application which Bunting has filed against a ruling a lower court has issued in favour of the CuracoanShurendy Quant

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

Last 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.

But Quant argued that it was unfair to ask him to pay a security.

In it's ruling the Appeal Court said given the circumstances of Quant's case the security requirement would be an attempt to prevent him access to the court to obtain justice.

But Bunting disagrees and now wants to take the matter to the UK-based Privy Council.

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

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