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Jamaican gov't welcomes Myrie ruling

Published:Friday | October 4, 2013 | 5:28 PM

The Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator A.J. Nicholson has hailed today’s ruling in the Shanique Myrie case as significant for the regional integration movement in the Caribbean.

While noting that he is yet to receive the full judgment of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Senator Nicholson said the ruling in the executive summary has set guidelines for the application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in relation to free movement of CARICOM nationals within the region.

He also says the ruling should highlight to Jamaicans that the CCJ is a fair and reasonable judicial authority.

The CCJ has ruled that the rights of the Jamaican were breached by border officials when she tried to enter Barbados in 2011.

The court has also ordered that a total of Bds$75,000 or J$3.6m be paid to Myrie in damages by the Barbadian government.

Nicholson says he does not expect the ruling by the CCJ in the Shanique Myrie case to affect relations between Jamaica and Barbados.

In the meantime, the foreign affairs and foreign trade minister says the government is still pressing to have legislation to replace the Privy Council with the CCJ this legislative year.


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