There is now brewing tension between the legal team representing Shanique Myrie and the Barbados authorities. Reports coming out of Barbados are that the Barbados government is objecting to what it says is an attempt to block Myrie from being questioned. Meanwhile, attorneys representing Myrie have been complaining about that country’s delay in allowing her to return to identify those whom she accused of violating her privacy.On March 14, Myrie was reportedly subjected to being cavity searched and denied entry to Barbados when she arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport.It is reported that Myrie’s attorneys have accused the Barbados authorities of trying to cover up the issue. However, Anthony Hylton, Myrie’s lead attorney, is insisting that the matter is not a political issue and thus should be treated as a legal matter between Myrie and those she said violated her. Hylton is reportedly still awaiting an official invite from the Barbados government about the terms of Myrie appearing in that country, to identify the people she has said cavity searched her.(Jamaica star.)
We commented on this case in a blog titled Jamaica Vs. Barbados posted on August 8th 2011.
As we commented then, we do not know whether the charges made against Barbadian Authorities by Ms. Myrie are founded or not , and as such we will draw no conclusions on the merits or demerits of this particular case.
What seem to be odd, is that after all of the hoopla sorrounding this case, and the attendant condemnation of the Barbadian authorities by Jamaicans, Miss myrie’s Lawyers still has not arranged for her to get back to Barbados to point out those who she claimed abused her.
If Ms. Myrie is telling the truth about what she claimed happened to her, what is the reason for the objection on the part of her lawyers to having her questioned by Barbadian officials?
She is the accuser, and as such Barbadian authorities have every right to demand that they have a chance to interview her . If she is being truthful , what is the foundation for her lawyers blocking Barbadian officials from trying to determining the veracity of her statements ? Statements by the way, that can potentially destroy law enforcement officials lives, by effectively putting them in prison.
An accused person has no responsibility to give a statement to clear his or her name, the burden of proof is on the accuser.
Those priviledges are not extended to Miss Myrie, and her Attorneys must know that . She is the accuser.
Any attempt at arguing that they are awaiting an invite from Barbadian Authorities, seem at best to be a red herring, and does nothing for the image of their client.
Whatever the real circumstances of this case, it is evident officials in Barbados will not throw their law enforcement officials under the bus.
Jamaican Lawyers now seem a little taken-aback by this and seem to be groping for a way forward.
They are not used to having to adhere to any protocols, cops in Jamaica are summarily offered up as sacrifical lambs to divert attention from Governmental failures incompetence, and corruption.
how say you: