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Bring It!


Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said today the Freundel Stuart administration would not be deterred from introducing fingerprinting at its ports of entry.

While insisting that the matter was one of national security, Brathwaite said today that critics of the plan were well within their rights to take Government to court over the matter, if they believed it had a case to answer.

However, the Attorney General said just today he was reminded by a friend that the island, which is in a “hazard-prone area”, did not have a full database of its citizens.

“Chances are that at some point of time, we are going to have a bad event [and] that in fact that is another use of information. So we will see how it goes,” said Brathwaite, who was adamant that “Government policy isn’t shaped by whether or not the Opposition, David Comissiong or anyone wants to take us to court.

“We have to decide what’s best for this country,” he affirmed.

The comments by the Attorney General, who was speaking following this morning’s opening of a meeting on International Standards on Combatting Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism and Proliferation at Radisson Aquatica Resort, came in response to recent warnings issued by Comissiong, as well as other members of the local Bar Association to Government to put the brakes to its fingerprinting plan or be faced with legal consequences.

The latest word of caution was sounded by Opposition Barbados Labour Party MP Edmund Hinkson, who is also an attorney-at-law, during a BLP political rally at the weekend after Government on Friday announced a pull back of the Immigration (Biometrics) Regulations which were due to take effect on April 1.

It said the plan had been deferred to give the Immigration Department more time to review the legal and other issues raised by objectors, as well as to raise public awareness about the imminent move.

However, in response, Hinkson said the BLP was not holding out any hope for the planned consultations.

“We ain’t minding that,” Hinkson told a BLP rally at the junction of Baxter’s Road and Westbury Road over the weekend.

“We still going to court to get the regulations declared unconstitutional, because you can’t prevent Barbadians from leaving Barbados or from coming back into Barbados when they have a right under the Constitution to do so,” he explained.

In the meantime, the Barbados Bar Association has said it was not convinced that the decision was constitutionally sound and has pledged to join with, and support, any action started in the High Court by Comissiong and/or anyone else challenging the constitutionality of the regulations.

In a resolution passed at its general meeting last week, the Bar also said it would request a meeting with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to discuss the contentious fingerprinting plan by Immigration authorities in addition to making its views known to the public.

“The Bar shall inform the public by way of newspaper publications and radio programmes of the legal ramifications of the Immigration (Biometrics) Regulations 2015,” added the resolution, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY.

Apart from the proposed fingerprinting, the Immigration Department announced last month that it would also introduce facial scanning of passengers later this year. The only exemptions will be holders of diplomatic passports and children younger than 16 years old.

3 Responses to Bring It!

  1. Alex Alleyne March 22, 2016 at 6:38 am

    “Reminded by a friend”.

  2. jrsmith March 22, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    Our major problem , every politician is an Attorney in Barbados that’s why we will never see change in Barbados, this is like building a house , but all the people employed are painters. Most of these people isn’t any good at being lawyers what do you one seems to be doing anything to try getting Barbados out of the dog mess we are in.

    This is such a waste of time, we don’t have a criminal local and international data base, do we have a vehicle identification data base. do we have vehicle number plate identification no, do we have a police criminal lab , no we don’t, what do we have to compare with the developing world. guns , guns and more guns…

    People are finger printed everyday around the world for various reason, in countries bajans visit, if in any one of these popular countries bajans were ask to be finger printed, it would be yes sir no sir three bags full sir. Done..


  3. BimJim March 25, 2016 at 9:46 am

    This measure is NOT NOT NOT a security measure. This is because ONE (1) criminal fooled the Barbados Police, and this is an uninformed, stupid, jackass-type knee-jerk reaction to minor criminal activity.

    **Criminal**, not security.

    Also **criminal**, not security, is the knee-jerk proposal to install mandatory GPS tracking on every vehicle in Barbados just because ONE (1) criminal managed to elude the Barbados Police with ONE (1) vehicle.

    There are so many jackasses on both sides of government now that the next Billion-dollar political purchase will be mule stalls at the back of Parliament and nose feeding bags along the desks inside.

    What the heck happened to the intelligence and education Bajans were so well known for decades ago?

    The challenges in court are well-founded, and the group of jackasses responsible for this folishness should have to explain why they are so determined to destroy the remaining sources of income for the country.

    And hopefully the Courts do not already have mule stalls installed behind them.


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