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Supreme Court views Vaz immigration records

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2007 | 6:21 PM

Chief Immigration Officer Leighton Wilson today produced immigration records in the Supreme Court to show that Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz had travelled on a US passport this year.

Mr. Wilson was testifying in the election petition brought by People\'s National Party (PNP) candidate Abe Dabdoub.

Mr. Dabdoub is seeking to have Mr. Vaz disqualified as a Member of Parliament because of alleged dual citizenship.

Mr. Wilson produced two departure cards, which Mr. Vaz signed disclosing that he was a businessman and an American citizen.

One of the cards was signed before Nomination day in August and the other after Nomination Day.

Another immigration form was produced to show that Mr. Vaz landed in Jamaica on October 7 on a US passport.

It is stated in Mr. Vaz\'s US passport and the landing form, which he signed on October 7 that he should leave the island on January 9 and is, not permitted to work in Jamaica.

Mr. Vaz is contending that he obtained his American citizenship through his mother who is an American and not by his own act.

Mr. Dabdoub is seeking orders from the court to be returned as the duly elected candidate.

However Mr. Vaz argues that if the court rules in favour of Mr. Dabdoub then there should be a by-election in the constituency of West Portland.