Jamaica May Take Barbados “Finger Rape” Allegation To CCJ

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News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. April 26, 2011: Jamaica refuses to stay silent on claims by a 20-year-old national of abuse at the Barbados Airport.

The country’s minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade, Dr. Kenneth Baugh, was quoted by the Jamaica Gleaner as saying if the two Caricom nations cannot work out their dispute over the claims by Shanique Myrie, then he may take it to the Caribbean Court of Justice.

The dispute comes weeks after Myrie told the Jamaica Observer that she was subjected to verbal harassment and a demeaning cavity search by a female immigration officer upon arrival in Bridgetown on March 14th.

Baugh’s comments come even though the ruling Jamaica Labour Party has been opposed to making the CCJ is highest appellate court and has yet to ratify its constitution to approve the court.

“In my own discussion with you concerning the problem in Barbados, it’s going through a process. But eventually, it may well end up at the Caribbean Court of Justice, and we both accept that we will take it to that degree if it becomes necessary,” Baugh said.
Jamaican officials want the Barbadian government to reveal all facts.

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