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.
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.