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Phillips defends UK deportation MOU

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 9:31 AM
Former national security minister Dr Peter Phillips says before the MOU was signed in 2007, deporting countries had dumped plane loads of deportees in Caribbean territories without verifying their nationalities.

Former national security minister Dr Peter Phillips is defending the 2007 Memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed between Jamaica and the United Kingdom to facilitate deportations.

The United Kingdom on Wednesday deported 42 Jamaicans despite protests in London some of them were awaiting the hearing of appeals against their deportations.

Some of the deportees have also accused the government of failing to defend their rights.

Phillips explains that the MOU was aimed at ensuring that due process was observed in the deportation of persons.

He says before the MOU was signed in 2007, deporting countries had dumped plane loads of deportees in Caribbean territories without verifying their nationalities.

 

Former national security minister Dr Peter Phillips

The national security ministry, headed by Robert Montigue, said yesterday that because of the MOU, Jamaica was obligated to accept persons being deported.

Montague said his ministry is awaiting the outcomes of the legal challenges in the United Kingdom and will lend support where necessary.