Myrie case prompts cameras at Barbados airport
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says having cameras in place will help put future allegations to rest.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday April 27, 2011 – It’s too late to be of any help in settling dispute over allegations made by Jamaican Shanique Myrie against Barbadian immigration officials, but Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has announced that cameras will be installed at the airport to prove or disprove any accusations in the future.
In a pre-recorded interview televised on the state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) last night, the Prime Minister said he had visited the Grantley Adams International Airport and conducted a comprehensive tour and there was consensus there that if cameras had been in place at the time Myrie said she had been verbally and sexually assaulted, there would not have been any scope for speculation.
Myrie claimed that a female immigration officer searched her vagina and insulted Jamaicans after she arrived at the airport on March 14. She said she was refused entry into the country, locked up in a dirty room, and put on a plane back home the following day.
“There will be cameras put where none are now so that in the event that anyone feels bold enough to make allegations as serious of those made by Myrie, camera evidence should be available either to confirm the allegation or to contradict it,” Prime Minister Stuart said.
The Governments of Barbados and Jamaica are currently trying to get to the bottom of Myrie’s allegations, with the latter threatening to go to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) if the matter cannot be resolved on a bilateral level.
The Prime Minister said the Barbados Government was “on top of the matter”.
He said he had received a report of the investigation into Myrie’s allegations and it would be passed on to the Jamaican authorities.
"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, based on what that report has said, will be communicating with the Foreign Ministry in Jamaica. No obstacles will be put in the way of Miss Myrie if she wants to come back to Barbados and point out to the police and anybody else who the offending officer, as alleged by her, might be," Stuart said.
The Barbados leader said despite the Myrie case, he wanted to believe that relations between his country and Jamaica, and with the rest of its regional neighbours “will continue to be normal”.
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