Settlement for Myrie’s lawyers a ‘political issue’

Attorney-General, Adriel Brathwaite, believes “some actors” in Jamaica are making the settlement of fees for Shanique Myrie’s lawyers a political issue in a bid to block the island from leaving the London-based Privy Council and making the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final appellate court.

Myrie is the Jamaican national who won a case against Barbados before the CCJ almost two years ago. The case was related to the CARICOM provision for the free movement of people after she was denied entry into Barbados.

The lawyers who represented her have been complaining recently in the press that Barbados is yet to settle their
US$1 million fee claim. In a recent newspaper article here, Michelle Brown who led Myrie’s legal team also expressed disappointment.

But Brathwaite responded in comments to reporters yesterday.

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“I believe that some actors in Jamaica want to continue with the status quo and not join the CCJ so that’s why they want to be able to say ‘Look the CCJ [Caribbean Court of Justice] enforced a judgement against Barbados et cetera’. That is what I believe. I honestly believe that.”

Brathwaite added: “We have maintained and I have maintained that we will honour the judgement of the Caribbean Court of Justice. We are not the kind of country that signed on to the CCJ and then (will) not follow the judgement.

“Ms Myrie has been paid, the costs have been awarded for senior counsel plus one. If we cannot agree on costs, we go back to the CCJ. They are free (to do so) but to say that Barbados refused to settle the fee is untrue,” he emphasized.

Brathwaite, who is also Minister of Home Affairs, again denied that his office was in receipt of the necessary documents requested from Brown to process the payment.

“My instructions are that the attorney has not yet provided the information that we requested,” he said. “…If she is saying that she has provided it to us, it is quite obvious to everyone that we have not received it or that I am lying but I venture to say we have not received it.

“So wherever she is, it’s very, very simple,” he went on.

“Provide us with the information so that we can begin looking at settling the matter and indeed if it is that she raised the matter with the press in Jamaica again,  very, very simple, call us and say why have you not responded to me since August last year?

“But the reality is that it does not bother me one way or the other, frankly, because I do not believe that we have a responsibility to chase them to settle their fees,” the Barbados AG said.

Brathwaite made it clear that once the requested information is provided and “once [Myrie’s lawyers] are willing to sit down and talk to us, I would want to settle it.”

14 Responses to Settlement for Myrie’s lawyers a ‘political issue’

  1. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne September 23, 2015 at 4:17 am

    That doesn’t even make sense because some of the “element(s)” in Jamaica are saying that Jamaica should TRULY go the “independent” route and not even have the regional international court in Trinidad be their court of last resort that instead Jamaica should have the national Jamaican Supreme Court be their court of last resort to truly be in fact “independent.” Not pseudo-quasi independent appearing.

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  2. Bajan boy September 23, 2015 at 5:20 am

    This sounds so stupid it is unbelievable. Had you paid the pekoe their money what would be the issue. I always knew you were dumb from school days but to read this now makes me feel you should have never even been at school. This makes no sense and I repeat no sense I mean senseless and makes you look and sound even dumber than I thought you were. If you don’t what to say then do like the others and stay silent and bide your time like the others. At least now that the country is on auto pilot it might still drift into quitter waters. Pay the people their money or borrow from one of the Ministers with an attractive interest rate and shut up. Do like the PM and MOF and the rest..

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  3. Bajan boy September 23, 2015 at 5:24 am

    This sounds so stupid it is unbelievable. Had you paid the people their money what would be the issue. I always knew you were dumb from school days but to read this now makes me feel you should have never even been at school. This makes no sense and I repeat no sense I mean senseless and makes you look and sound even dumber than I thought you were. If you don’t know what to say then do like the others and stay silent and bide your time like the others. At least now that the country is on auto pilot it might still drift into quieterwaters. Pay the people their money or borrow it from one of the Ministers with an attractive interest rate and shut up. Do like the PM and MOF and the rest..

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  4. Menace II Babylon September 23, 2015 at 5:35 am

    You have no shame. Pay the attorneys. You lost the case. Like to be in the news with folly when you know you created a violation. Though you was going get way? Not!!

    You have been treating fellow black people horribly in that airport. Rastafarians, Guyanese, Jamaicans, Trinidadians, St. Vincent, Grenadians etc….

    Every one is seeking independence and seeking to do their own thing……. If them dont pay court again…. as a bajan, you messed up, just shut it, pay the cash and come out the news with this crap. Or get dragged through court and have to pay more. You have it. You lost. If the shoe was on the other foot I could be sure you would be tenacious in your quest for paper. Lets hope they are too…

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  5. Colin Daniel September 23, 2015 at 5:46 am

    US$1 million in fees for a US$70,000 judgement. Really, some one is pulling my leg here.

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  6. Alex Alleyne September 23, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Start wrong always end wrong . The end result is that the TAX PAYER is the one who getting get soaked .

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  7. carson c cadogan September 23, 2015 at 7:36 am

    The Govt. of Barbados is awaiting very important documents from the Jamaican Lawyers in order to bring this matter to a conclusion.

    As soon as they speedily supply such documentation then the matter of fees will settled.

    The ball is in their court.

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  8. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins September 23, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Will he be growing dreadlocks and heading to the hills to reside with the nyabinghis? What is wrong with you, clean yourself up. Do the tax payers a favour and stop incurring interest on debt and pay the people their money.

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  9. Alex Alleyne September 23, 2015 at 11:50 am

    sex, lies, politics

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  10. sunshinecanada September 23, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    bajan boy, you is the one that’s stupid, maybe you was the one Dum at school, leave Mr brathwaite please, He knows what to do, Myrie looking for more money,next i hear she’ll be in Barbados, Restaforians you said a mouthful, black people treated horrible all over the world, are u living under a Rock or what? have nice day

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  11. villager September 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    A million us dollars for what?

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  12. Menace II Babylon September 24, 2015 at 5:06 am

    To sunshine Canada Barbados you do not need to resort to pitiful name calling in defense of a polietician spending the taxpayers money hard earned grafted money. Barbados operates on racial negative stereotypes perpetrated by masa. They set the social status quo and decides what is deemed acceptable in today’s society by their perceived norms. Restofaraians? Black people are treated horribly all over the world because people like you allow it…..

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  13. gee gee September 24, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Mr Restofaraian, go back and read what you wrote, sunshine is right, allso she’s a black woman, take it easy be nice, Amen

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  14. jrsmith September 25, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This matter ,should never ,ever gone to court. If our politicians were response people and not up themselves this would have been over. our problem we need proper management to manage Barbados LTD. bajans are paying for failure.

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