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Still no money for Shanique Myrie

Sunday, June 22, 2014    

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DESPITE a claim, by Attorney General of Barbados Adriel Brathwaite, that Shanique Myrie had finally been paid, the aggrieved woman has said that she has not received a cent.

Brathwaite told the Barbados Nation on Friday that the US$38,000 that the government owed the Jamaican had been deposited to Myrie's attorney Michelle Brown's account.

"Her lawyers account should have been credited today (Friday). We kept our word. Barbados remains committed to the CCJ," Brathwaite told the nation.

But when contacted by the Jamaica Observer Myrie said that neither she nor Brown had any knowledge of any payment being made.

"My lawyer told me she checked the account and no money was paid over. She has no knowledge of it," Myrie said.

In October last year Myrie was awarded pecuniary damages of BDS$2,240 (One BDS dollar = US$0.50 cents) and non-pecuniary damages in the sum of BDS$75,000 by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), to which she had brought a lawsuit against the Barbados government.

Myrie filed the suit after complaining that she was subjected to an inhumane cavity search by a female immigration officer who accused her of transporting drugs, being locked overnight in a filthy, dank room and being subsequently deported despite not being in possession of any contraband or breaching any law.

The incident occurred on March 14, 2011.

She said that she was subjected to derogatory remarks by the officials who voiced their dislike for Jamaicans whom they claimed often go to the eastern Caribbean island to steal their men.

Brathwaite gave an assurance earlier last week that the woman's long wait to collect her due would be over, once the money was released from the Treasury.

"I've committed that I will speak to the Central Bank and have the money remitted to her attorney's account, and my word is my bond. It will be done this week. We've never had any intention of not abiding by the court's judgement. We've signed on to the CCJ and I'm in full support of the CCJ," Brathwaite said on radio last Monday.

Myrie has threatened to file another claim before the CCJ if the money was not paid over, and accused the Barbados government of deliberately dragging its feet in a move to frustrate her.

Myrie's plight came to international attention after the Jamaica Observer published an article outlining her ordeal.

After Myrie came forward, a host of other Jamaicans spoke out about their treatment at the hands of immigration officials when they landed at the Grantley Adams Airport, on the outskirts of the country's capital, Bridgetown.

Another Jamaican woman is awaiting her day in court after accusing two male policemen of raping her after she was found in possession of marijuana at the airport.

One of the cops, she said, forced her to perform oral sex on him.

A female cop was also accused of aiding and abetting the two rogue cops in the act.

The female cop and one of the policemen has since been charged, while the other policeman has fled the island.

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