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CCJ to rule on Shanique Myrie case today

Published:Friday | October 4, 2013 | 8:25 AM

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is to hand down its judgment in the Shanique Myrie case today.




The ruling by the 6-member panel will be delivered via a video conference in the Supreme Court.



Myrie took the Barbados Government to the CCJ alleging that she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.



The 25-year-old also claims she was subjected to a body-cavity search in unsanitary and demeaning conditions before being detained and deported the next day to Jamaica.



The Barbados Government has denied the claims and argued at the hearing that the Jamaican woman had been untruthful to Immigration Department officials.



Its lawyers also contended that her testimony was contrary to what she had provided in statements to the Barbados police.



Myrie wants the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment for CARICOM citizens moving within the region under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.



She has asked the CCJ to award her almost US$500,000 in punitive damages for the treatment she received on her visit to Barbados.



She also wants the regional court to award costs and special damages.



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