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CCJ awards Jamaican Shanique Myrie over $77,000 .00 in damages…


CCJ President, Mr. Justice Dennis Byron

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has awarded Jamaican, Shanique Myrie, over $77,000 .00 in damages.

25 year old Myrie took the Barbados Government to the CCJ alleging that she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.

The ruling was delivered at the CCJ headquarters on Henry Street, Port of Spain by a six member committee led by CCJ President, Mr. Justice Dennis Byron.

The court ruled that certain parts of her claim, of being subjected to unsanitary holding quarters and a body cavity search were true.

However, her claim of being targeted based on her nationality was dismissed.

The court in its ruling also delivered several guidelines which will govern how states treat CARICOM nationals entering their territories.

Justice Dennis Byron said states must now prove why a person is undesirable for entry into the country.

Meantime, Speaking with reporters following the ruling, Jamaica High Commissioner to Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Sharon Saunders, said she was happy with the ruling, calling it a land mark ruling which will set the standard for all member states.