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25 Jamaicans detained in Trinidad to be sent back home

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 9:53 AM

About 25 Jamaicans detained in Trinidad and Tobago for various infringements are to be returned to Jamaica soon.

This was disclosed by Jamaica’s foreign affairs minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, at a press briefing yesterday, following bilateral talks with officials of the Trinidadian Government.

Johnson Smith says 15 people were recently returned.

She says the process to have 25 others sent back home has now been completed with the Trinidadian government helping to expedite the process.


Foreign affairs minister, Kamina Johnson Smith

Trinidadian Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley is in the island on a five-day visit to hold talks with Jamaican government officials, the private sector, the parliamentary Opposition, members of academia, among others.

Among the chief topics for discussion is the issue of the denial of entry to Jamaicans by Trinidad.

New data released show that the twin-island republic denied entry to 320 Jamaicans in 2015, almost two per cent of the total number of Jamaicans who sought entry into the oil-rich country over the period.