Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
Shureny Quant, who claims he was unlawfully deported to his homeland Curaçao in April, will have to pay $1.5 million in legal costs within 30 days if he wants to pursue contempt of court proceedings against Minister of National Security Peter Bunting.
Supreme Court Judge Horace Marsh made the order yesterday following an application for security for costs made by Michael Hylton QC who is representing Bunting.
The money is to be paid into a joint account in the names of his lawyers and Bunting's lawyers.
If the money is not paid Quant's claim will be struck out.
Quant, who is being represented by Attorneys-at-Law Carolyn Reid-Cameron and Chukwuemeka Cameron, applied for leave to appeal the ruling and the judge granted the application.
Hylton, in making the application in chambers this week, argued that Quant was not a Jamaican, had no assets in Jamaica and his case was a weak one. He said there was no evidence that Bunting knew about the Supreme Court order barring Quant's deportation. He pointed out that no documents were served on Bunting in relation to the court order.
In court documents, Quant is claiming that when he was deported in April, there was a Supreme Court order in place which barred his deportation. Quant is seeking to have Bunting imprisoned for unlawfully removing him from Jamaica, and for refusing to provide an account to the court for the reasons for his detention.
The Attorney General (AG) has also been named as a defendant to the claim.
The parties are to return to the Supreme Court on December 11. Attorney-at-law Carlene Larmond, who is representing the AG, said yesterday that on the next court date, she will be making an application to strike out the claim against the AG.