KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday February 25, 2014, CMC – The Jamaica government is being called upon to assist 35-year-old Shanique Myrie to collect the monies owed to her by the Barbados government following a ruling by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) last year.
Myrie successfully sued the Barbados government after she was refused entry into the island in 2011.
The CCJ, which was established in 2001 to replace the London-based Privy Council as the region’s final court, and also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs the regional integration movement, awarded pecuniary damages in the sum of BDS$2,240 (One BDS dollar = US$0.50 cents) and non-pecuniary damages to the tune of BDS$75,000.
Opposition Senator Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague, speaking in the Senate on Friday, called on Foreign Affairs Minister AJ Nicholson to ensure that Bridgetown meets its payment to Myrie.
“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,” Montague said as he made his contribution to the 2014 State of the Nation Debate.
“Can you imagine the cries and howling if it was Jamaica to pay?” Montague said.
“Minister, the weakness of your government is showing…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 said.