Grenada has filed its first case against the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago in the Original Jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
It’s the second case filed by Grenada, in just two weeks, in the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ.
In the 2nd case filed Tuesday, David Bain from Concord, St. John’s, alleges that the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago breached his right to freedom of movement under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas when, on December 14th, 2017, he was denied entry to attend a wedding of a family member and to enjoy a few days on the island.
THE NEW TODAY understands that on arrival on board a LIAT flight, Bain was detained and questioned by Immigration Officers in a manner which indicated that there was suspicion that he, or someone carrying his name, may have been previously imprisoned for drug related offenses.
Despite strenuously denying the allegations, the 59-year old Bain who has never been arrested or charged for drug offenses, was sent back to Grenada “hungry, tired, disappointed, frustrated and embarrassed”.
According to a release from Ciboney Chambers, the local law firm representing Bain, its client felt humiliated and “treated as a prisoner without justification”.
The release said: “It was a flight attendant from LIAT who informed him that he was denied permission to land in Trinidad & Tobago, after awaiting word from an Immigration Officer for about an hour. He was even informed by the LIAT attendant that he would have to pay the difference on the ticket to go back to Grenada. He refused.
“Bain is contending that his right to move freely within the Caribbean community without harassment or the imposition of impediments was infringed by the State of Trinidad & Tobago.
The release went on: He (Bain) was not allowed to contact an Attorney, family member or Consular official. Further, he was given no valid reason, within the requirements of the Revised Treaty, for denying him entry and sending him back to Grenada”.
Bain holds both a Grenadian and U.S. passport.
On September 25th, 2018, Grenada filed its 1st matter in the Original Jurisdiction of the CCJ against Barbados for breach of the right to freedom of movement, this time in relation to a family of four.
Pastor Royston Gilbert, his wife Glennor, and two daughters, Lynnel and Tamika were detained in Barbados in October 2016 after a store owner falsely accused one of the daughters of stealing her cellphone.
The two daughters were stripped searched, and made to ‘stoop’ and ‘cough’ while naked.
The Barbados police also insisted that one of the daughters (Tamika) change a portion of her written statement to the police before the entire family could leave the station in time to catch their LIAT flight back to Grenada that evening.
Ciboney Chambers is also representing the Gilbert family in the case against Barbados.