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Security Minister withdraws Appeal Court application

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 1:28 PM

National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, has withdrawn his application to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling in favour of a Curacoan man.

Bunting was seeking to go to the United Kingdom-based Privy Council and the application was set to be heard today.

However, when the matter was called up this morning the court was informed that Bunting was no longer interested in pursuing it.

Legal cost was awarded to Curacoan, Shurendy Quant.

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 its 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 disagreed and filed an application seeking to go to the Privy Council to challenge the ruling.

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.