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)