Court rules out fingerprinting plan

Government’s plan to introduce fingerprinting at all ports of entry, including for Barbadian nationals entering and leaving the country, has been ruled out by the  Supreme Court.

Social activist David Comissiong and his legal team leaving court following today’s ruling.

The case was heard today in chambers by Madam Justice Pamela Beckles after Government failed to file a defence within the required 28 days.

In reporting on the outcome, attorney-at-law and social activist  David Comissiong, who had filed the case back in March, said he was not surprised that the move was deemed both “null and void” and “unconstitutional”.

“Just as we anticipated, this matter was not contested. It really couldn’t have been contested because the facts were so clear. So Justice Pamela Beckles has granted the order and that order basically says that the Immigrations (Biometrics) Regulations 2015 are null and void and are unconstitutional, . . .so those regulations are no more,” Comissiong told waiting reporters on the steps of the court this afternoon.

He was represented by attorneys-at-law Edmund Hinskon and Lalu Hanuman, while Government was represented by Jared Richards from the Solicitor General’s office.

14 Responses to Court rules out fingerprinting plan

  1. HardBall June 30, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Thank you very much Mr. Comissiong.
    Now go after that electronic tagging of cars, that is a violation of one privacy

  2. Sunshine Sunny Shine June 30, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    There is no problem with the finger printing. The problem is the way this government thinks Barbadian citizens should be finger printed. Each time you are going and each time you return? What for. Bare ………..

  3. Carson C Cadogan June 30, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    This was a bad idea from the beginning.

    • harry turnover June 30, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Another one bites the dust ,how many more will follow before the final hurrah.
      @Carson C Cadogan….you looking for good name now ?….bad idea from the beginning ? which beginning ? DEM beginning in 2008 or wha.??…ya better tow ya party line .

  4. lswiltshire June 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm


    are you saying that your party the dlp has bad ideas

  5. Frank Gilkes June 30, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thankfully we have some citizens who are willing to stand up for what is right and challenge all unlawful and unconstitutional plans by any government. Without any training in law, I had concluded from day one that this was unconstitutional and was prepared to challenge it at the port of entry.

  6. harry turnover June 30, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    Not Dem…..Dem like Chanderpaul …Dem en gine move ..ya got to move Dem.

  7. Donild Trimp June 30, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Banana Republic.

    Fingerprinting your own citizens everytime they leave and enter their own country makes no sense.

    The person or persons formulating that idea did not apply rational thought, logic and common sense.

  8. dave June 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I would vote for David Commissiong tomorrrow
    Time for this Bad Bunch o Wild boys to GO !!!
    Let people who know how to run a Country –Run Um do !!!
    idiots !!!

  9. BaJan boy July 1, 2016 at 1:02 am

    An ignorant and clueless bunch. Should be running a goat pen..

  10. seagul July 1, 2016 at 5:52 am

    I would vote for Maria Agard today.
    Commissiong deputy.
    Social Ordinary Unity People–SOUP.

  11. dave July 1, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Should not even run a Goat Pen
    eh Bajan boy –LOL

    JOKERS ! Imbeciles


  12. Corey Broom July 1, 2016 at 11:30 am

    No common sense at all. For the beginning I was like oh really. So what happens if a Bajan refuses to give his figure prints… if he is leaving, you restrict him from leaving the country which means he becomes a prisoner in his own country. If you are arriving, where will you be deported to?

  13. dave July 1, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    A certain person is missing from these comments page. Hiding ? Trying to ‘detect’ or defect ?


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