Jamaican politician calls on Barbados to pay Myrie

Robert-Montaguesm
Photo courtesy Jamaica Observer

Opposition Senator Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague yesterday called on Foreign Affairs Minister Senator AJ Nicholson to press the Barbadian Government to pay Jamaican Shanique Myrie the nearly $4 million in damages she was awarded by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) last year.

“Let us insist, Mr Minister, that Miss Shanique Myrie be paid the funds the court has ordered. The lack of that quick payment by our sister nation makes the dream of a Caribbean Court of Justice just a dream, nuff bark but no bite,” Senator Montague told the Upper Chamber yesterday during his contribution to the 2014 State of the Nation Debate.

Myrie, in 2011 on a visit to that island, was detained at Grantley Adams International Airport and subsequently deported after being subjected to an illegal body cavity search and what she said was demeaning treatment.

She filed a suit against the Barbadian Government but is yet to receive the US$38,620 in pecuniary and non-pecuniary damages that the CCJ awarded her in October 2013.

“Can you imagine the cries and howling if it was Jamaica to pay?” Senator Montague asked yesterday. “Minister, the weakness of your Government is showing; it seems they all tek us fi bwoy. We can’t allow our citizen to be poorly treated; get a court ruling in her favour and allow others to be thumbing their noses at us.

“Minister, call your colleague from Barbados. Put down your foot,” Montague appealed.

Senator Nicholson, however, was far from amused by the call.

“Foolishness, please, come man, rubbish,” he said sotto voce.

As a party to the Treaty of Chaguaramas, Barbados has an obligation to comply with all the judgements of the court promptly.(Jamaica Observer)

32 Responses to Jamaican politician calls on Barbados to pay Myrie

  1. Charm Clarke
    Charm Clarke February 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    She said it was not about the money, wait your turn they are others before you.

    Reply
  2. Charm Clarke
    Charm Clarke February 22, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    She said it was not about the money, wait your turn they are others before you.

    Reply
  3. Gina-Ann Trotman
    Gina-Ann Trotman February 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Smh it wasnt about the money until she won her case

    Reply
  4. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The kitty is EMPTY…..we small Island.

    Reply
  5. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 22, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The kitty is EMPTY…..we small Island.

    Reply
  6. Nicole Robinson
    Nicole Robinson February 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    She brek and so is Barbados. This is what she should have been told after the case

    Reply
  7. Alx Edg
    Alx Edg February 22, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    She will spend it just how she made it.

    Reply
  8. Doria Alleyne
    Doria Alleyne February 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    I think that she should go and look for work.

    Reply
  9. Mhizz Joan Moore
    Mhizz Joan Moore February 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    cah ya ass mr montague

    Reply
  10. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett February 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    They all think Barbados is an easy pickings. Make her wait as long as possible. If it is not about the money what is her problem waiting. Does she not listen to the news to hear that the Barbados Government does not even have money to pay its employees. Maybe she does not understand proper English.

    Reply
  11. Carleen Shaw
    Carleen Shaw February 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    mek she wait she did say its not about the money although am a Jamaican certains weh dem go a the people dem country wid not acceptable so when them tun dem back them tell all sort a story mek she wait or she go look wuk

    Reply
  12. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua February 22, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Mr politician..pls inform miss myrie..that Barbados and bajans do things in they own time..plus the waiting list is long for anyone who’s waiting to paid any monies from the government..ask MrAl Barrack..so ask her to pull that pole from under the bed and start climbing it again…..

    Reply
  13. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis February 22, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    …..good luck

    Reply
  14. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett February 22, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    When she get it she might not live to enjoy it, someone down in Jamaica might kill her for it. Just saying not wishing it upon her.

    Reply
  15. Nikki Brown
    Nikki Brown February 22, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Lol after Barrack.

    Reply
  16. Aileen Forde-Smith
    Aileen Forde-Smith February 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Tell her wait, and her grand kids will probably get it.

    Reply
  17. Wrigley Don
    Wrigley Don February 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    If she won pay her, but that politician needs a slap. How dare you refer to Bim as your sister country….. Wah him ah try seh, …….

    Reply
  18. Janelle Marshall
    Janelle Marshall February 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Stupseeeeee, it’s better to pay the woman cause when it convert it isn’t much and by the time she buy two chickens and a pack of peas it done. So pay she the woman do. Let’s gets on to more important things do.

    Reply
  19. Ricardo Lythcott
    Ricardo Lythcott February 22, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Stupse. An a long a** one too. Tell Myrie see if she cud find wuk in another strip joint. Tings ain work out hay so yuh want easy money. Yuh brek S***. Barrack gotta get his first so dah shud tell you when yuh gettin yours B****.!!!!! Straight talk.

    Reply
  20. Tracey Skeete-Winter
    Tracey Skeete-Winter February 22, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I wonder if the situation was reversed if Jamaica would have paid up already huh

    Reply
  21. Victoria Lily
    Victoria Lily February 22, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    hate talks, discrimination, assuming, name calling … here we go again!

    Reply
  22. Fiona Griffith
    Fiona Griffith February 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

    WITH WHAT??? MONOPOLY MONEY??? RIGHT NOW GOV LAYING OFF PPL, COME ON, THESE PPL SERIOUS??? BUT WAIT, I THOUGHT SHE SAID IT WASN’T ABOUT THE MONEY!!! REALLY MYRIE

    Reply
  23. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Everyone is missing the point except Stephen. Be Honest, Law abiding, Fair and most of all Love and Respect each other. Why bring Colour and Nationality into it? Nothing surprise me about the comments made by Women. You would want JUSTICE, if the incident happened to you, daughter, sister or niece. There are more and more heartless women in society today. It don’t look good and then you got the nerve to preach about young ladies behaviour, where you think they inheirt from? Never mind where the money coming from thats the Barbados Government responsibilty to pay up. If they can’t make one full payment, pay her monthly. If they know the meaning of PRIDE.

    Reply
  24. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 23, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Everyone is missing the point except Stephen. Be Honest, Law abiding, Fair and most of all Love and Respect each other. Why bring Colour and Nationality into it? Nothing surprise me about the comments made by Women. You would want JUSTICE, if the incident happened to you, daughter, sister or niece. There are more and more heartless women in society today. It don’t look good and then you got the nerve to preach about young ladies behaviour, where you think they inheirt from? Never mind where the money coming from thats the Barbados Government responsibilty to pay up. If they can’t make one full payment, pay her monthly. If they know the meaning of PRIDE.

    Reply
  25. Sisi Kitty Greenidge
    Sisi Kitty Greenidge February 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Tell her to take a number and stand to the back of the line.

    Reply
  26. Sanderson Rowe February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Perhaps Ms Myrie and the goodly senator ,should think of turning that $75,000 over to the Barbados Prison Service ,who maintain a large contingent of their fellow countrymen,and lots of women at their institution.The latest figures from that prisons states that it costs some BDS$75.00 per day or BDS$27,000 per year to keep one prisoner incarcerated . Wiith some 55 JA persons in jail during that period,(end of 2012) it works out to BDS$4125 per day or BDS$1,485,00 per annum.

    Reply
  27. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner February 23, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    Cry me a friggin river,join that long line probally snake around Barbados a couple of times.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *