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Jamaican Gov’t says airport search on T&T Minister was conducted by airline’s private security

The government has raised concerns with its Jamaican counterparts following the alleged search by immigration officials in that country on Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Ayanna Webster –Roy who holds a diplomatic passport.

The alleged incident reportedly took place as Minister Webster Roy was leaving Jamaica after attending the Regional Parliamentary Forum as part of the follow-up on the United Nations Declaration on Ending AIDS recently.

Dennis Moses, Foreign and Caricom Affairs Minister, in the Senate today explained that he has been liaising with the relevant officials in Jamaica on this topic.

However, in a media release the Office of the Prime Minister in Jamaica stated that the search was not carried out by the country’s Immigration or Customs Officials nor Security personnel retained by the Government.

Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith said the search was conducted by a private security company retained by the airline which Minister Webster-Roy and her delegation were travelling.

In 2016 there were allegations by Jamaicans about alleged mistreatment and discrimination by this country’s Immigration authorities following the deportation of a number of Jamaicans.

This matter had led to calls by some Jamaicans to boycott Trinidad and Tobago products.

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley also visited Jamaica to assure their nationals that they were not being targeted.