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Deportation case involving Tommy Lee heads to CCJ, first matter from Dominica to be heard by regional court

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:12 PM
Tommy Lee Sparta

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
The case involving dancehall entertainer Tommy Lee Sparta who was prevented from entering Dominica in February 2014, will be heard in the Trinidad based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Monday.

The matter has been brought by Cabral Douglas, over the fallout arising from what is referred to as the Tommy Lee Affair.

According to Douglas, a Dominican national, who organised the concert, Tommy Lee, 26,whose real name is Leroy Russell, was scheduled to perform at a concert in February 2014, when on his arrival with three members of his team – Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace, they were all denied entry, detained and deported the following day.

The government of Dominica said its action was based in the interest of public safety.

Organisations such as the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches denounced the artiste’s appearance saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.

However, according to Douglas, the stance taken by the government was illegal and he is demanding more than US$3-million in the matter.

The hearing will be conducted via videoconference.

This will be the first legal matter from Dominica, to be heard by the CCJ.