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Myrie wants millions

myrieinportofspainJust over a million dollars in damages.

That is what Michelle Brown, the attorney for Jamaican, Shanique Myrie is asking the Caribbean Court of Justice to award her client for her alleged inhumane and degrading treatment at the hands of Barbadian border officials at Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14, 2011.

Addressing the CCJ for about four hours in her final arguments to try to convince the seven judges comprising the court, that they should believe her client’s account of the treatment meted out to her by the Barbadian officials, Brown periodically looked in the direction of Myrie as she sought to make her case for damages.

One could hear a pin drop as Brown, displaying bouts of passion and emotion, requested that the tribunal, with headquarters on 134 Henry Street, Port of Spain award “an

innocent” Myrie $800,000 (Jamaican) in moral and punitive damages, in addition to $178,000 in special damages as well as legal costs fit for her team of two attorneys.

The packed public gallery and lawyers representing the Barbados Government, the CARICOM Secretariat and the Jamaica Government, sat stoically in their places in the modestly-appointed court room that reflected traces of Roman architecture, and heard Myrie’s attorney accuse Barbadian police officers Serafene Carrington and Everton Gittens of a cover up.

As Brown went through her arguments, the woman at the centre of this historic trial, also appeared to be going through varying emotional reactions — blinking rapidly at times, steering intently in her lawyer’s direction or at the judges when they commented on aspects of Brown’s submission.

She told the court that the alleged body cavity search by the constable Carrington, amounted to rape, resulting in Myrie experiencing post traumatic stress disorder and difficulty sleeping.

In addition to the damages, Brown is urging the regional court to make other declarations, orders and awards. For example, she wants the justices to declare that Barbados breached the right of her client to enter this country in pursuant of Article 45 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas in conjunction with Articles 9, 12, 28 and 240 of the same Treaty and the 2007 CARICOM Heads of Government Conference decision, subjecting Myrie to inhumane treatment.

Myrie’s legal counsel told the CCJ that the current case was about her client’s right to enter Barbaddos under the CARICOM decision of 2007. She also urged the court to make a declaration that the Barbodos breached the Treaty by discriminating against the claimant on the grounds of her nationality only, in denying her entry and subjecting her to inhumane treatment.

Another request was for the judges to declare null and void this island’s decision to refuse Myrie entry. There are about another 14 points on which the claimant’s legal counsel has asked the CCJ to make declarations.

She also asked the tribunal to believe the claimant’s account of what happened on the day in question, adding that the Barbadian border officials lied about what took place. Brown submitted that Myrie did not know Daniel Forde, who Pamela Clarke testified, she, Clarke, was fronting for and that it was the Barbadian woman, who was hosting her client.

She asked the CCJ to note the fact that the lawyers for the Barbados Government did not call Forde as a witness.

Brown is requesting that the court order a declaration that Section 23 (1) of the Immigration Act Cap 190 and Section 13 (2)b of the Administration of Justice Act Cap 109b, violated the rights of her client under Articles 7,8 and 9 of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, are inconsistent with other sections of that same treaty and frustrate and prejudice the object and purpose of the said instrument.


10 Responses to Myrie wants millions

  1. Miss C April 10, 2013 at 6:52 am

    If all the complaints that the public made against Constable Gittens were acknowledge this probably would have never took place.Just goes to show the respect the State has for the public.
    To the Police Chief – If you want to eliminate crime deal with your corrupt officers first and stop giving them clout because of their political views .We all know you and Constable Gittens are on the other side

  2. jennifer April 10, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Is that the Constable that wears the big bangles?He assaulted so many passengers at the airport and hospital. HE CRUEL

  3. Miss C April 10, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Since Myrie’s complaint the bangles disappear.I hope this open the goverment”s eyes now. Constable Carrington was just taking instructions from her superior,so sorry for her.

  4. jennifer April 10, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Isn”t it true that Constable Carrington was transferred immediately after Myrie”s accusations?Why was that?….BARBADOS

  5. Kay-rani rosita April 12, 2013 at 8:29 am

    If you make such statements, you should be prepared to back them up with evidence.

  6. Rejar April 12, 2013 at 8:54 am

    I just have to say that I would never like to be in a situation the likes of which she have been through.

    But the fact of the matter is that [I believe] she LIED. She came to the island claiming she was staying with a particular individual when in fact she was not!

    If she had gone to another country such as America or England and did that knowing the reputation Jamaicans have for drug trafficking, what do you think would have happened to her?

    I am sorry she had to go through the whole cavity search thing, but lets be resonable people, [I believe] she lied on entry into the country and now she have to deal with the consequences. If it was up to me she would not get one red cent!

  7. jennifer April 12, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    @ Rejar….i would never like to be in the situation the officers are in .
    But the fact of the matter is that(i believe) they LIED.The name and number she uesd was given to her by another person,that was the real issue ,it was never a false name and number.That is not lying ,she received that information from someone. A tourist is a person who visits your country,not only from Europe or USA.

    If this lady had given a name and number that was unregistered it would”ve been a total different situation.Do you know how many passengers made complaints about this kind of treatment ?The money here is not the issue ,we must be more professional when performing our duties.

    I hope this open the eyes of our regional leaders because those officers would sure be disciplined if Miss Myrie was from Europe or United States

  8. gf April 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Given she came to Barbados and lied about who she was staying with and her reasons for coming here what did she expect?

    What was she coming here to do? What is her profession? Why hasn’t this been answered?

    If one cent of my tax money is paid to compensate someone who has tried to illegally enter the country I will be very angry. Given a huge sum of it has already been paid to the legal team to defend this ridiculous case.

    If I traveled to Jamaica, entering from a known trafficking point, lied about why I was going there, lied about who I was going to see and the circumstances surrounding it and was found out – I would expect to subject to searches, interrogation and deported! I wouldn’t expect to be able to claim a million dollars in compensation. Ridiculous!

  9. jennifer April 14, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Did you see the immigration card Miss Myrie filled and presented to the Immigration Officer?If you didn”t you can go to .There you will see she declared her profession and her length of stay and where she was TOLD she was supposed to stay along with mobile number.Furthermore Myrie vs Barbados Goverment with Jamaica the Intervener is a discrimination / civil suit.Miss Myrie’s statement was proved to be strong after the delegation toured Grantley Adams International Airport.If a passenger’s person is to be searched Customs should be present and if their suspect digestion then the person is taken to hospital.The amount of money the lawyers are asking for has nothing to do with me because if we keep getting these enquiries because of people’s wrongful exercise of authority it will be way more wastage of funds. THAT WILL BE RIDICULOUS

  10. Livingston June 15, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Win or lose this case. B’dos has to do something about the number of Jamaicans coming here. Jamaica is in the situation it is now because of Jamaicans no one else. The government have to stop pus..y.footing around this issue. How can they help us,and can’t help themselves. A country that sit back and watch its dollar devalued to 1 us,a.nd now wants to do something . They spent the last five years calling bajans.every. name in the books. I mean blk,this,blk,that,and they bleaching.go figure. U just can’t make this sh…. up!. And what’s up with all these flags in other people countries. Insensitive and humble are not words these people understand, I could understand A Bahamian or Caymanian where we can say ok positive people but no it’s A Jamaican ..can’t forget the Guyanese they love they flag too, but only in other countries. The greatest resource of any country is its people.


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