Shanique Myrie case to begin April 18

(Jamaica Gleaner) The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), is expected to hear the case brought by Jamaican Shanique Myrie against the Barbadian Government on April 18.

Myrie has accused Barbadian border officials of sexually assaulting her during a cavity search at the Grantley Adams International Airport on March 14 last year.

A case management conference was held last month by video.

The 22-year-old woman wants the CCJ to determine what is the minimum standard of treatment to be given to CARICOM nationals, moving within the region, under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and its goal of hassle-free travel.

The sitting at the Barbados Court of Appeal on April 18 will be the first to be held by the regional court outside its headquarters, since it was established in 2001.

The Caribbean Media Corporation said the Trinidadian- based CCJ will be sitting in Barbados from April 16 to 19, to hear three other matters from Barbados, Belize and Guyana.

Myrie is being represented by Jamaican attorneys Michelle Brown and Marc Ramsay.

The lawyers had allowed time for both the Jamaican and the Barbadian governments to attempt to settle the issue.

However, when a settlement was not reached, Myrie’s lawyers obtained leave from the Jamaican Government to file the action.

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