Shanique Myrie ruling Friday


Five months after hearings in the controversial Shanique Myrie case ended before the Caribbean Court of Justice in Trinidad, its judgement will be handed down on Friday morning.

The ruling will be delivered via video conferencing from the CCJ’s Port-of-Spain headquarters to courtrooms in Barbados and Jamaica.

Myrie, a Jamaican national, brought a legal action against Barbados border officials for alleged inhumane, degrading and discriminatory treatment at Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14, 2011.

The case involved just over a year of taking evidence, testimony from 22 witnesses and visits by the court to two other CARICOM states outside of its 134 Henry Street, Port-of-Spain headquarters.

The six-man, one–woman panel of judges had to wade through about 3,000 pieces of documents before making a ruling on whether to award damages to Myrie, and, or rule on procedures and systems, which would substantially improve hassle-free travel within the region by CARICOM nationals. The ruling may also guarantee Caribbean nationals more humane treatment in the exercise of their fundamental rights and freedoms under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the 2007 Heads Of Government Conference. (EJ) 

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