Sep 14, 2013 News
On the eve of a Caribbean Court of Justice decision on a case in which Barbados immigration officers are accused of violating a Jamaican visitor, word has come of another matter to be filed.
The mother of Trinidadian, Don Baptiste, said she has secured the services of a lawyer after Barbadian police whisked her son away to hospital upon his arrival at the Grantley Adams Airport, and fed him doses of laxative hoping that he would pass out sachets of drugs they accused him of ingesting in an attempt to take it past airport security.
The police found nothing.
The 43-year-old man told local media that he had arrived from Trinidad last Saturday morning for a three-day rendezvous with his US-based girlfriend, but on arrival was approached by Barbados police officers who questioned his purpose of visit, then took him to the island’s main medical centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, for x-rays and scans, and subsequently fed him laxatives.
“They took me to the hospital to prove that I had swallowed drugs,” Baptiste told the Daily Nation newspaper Thursday edition. “They did not find any. They used different methods to detect if I had. They give me a liquid to drink to induce diarrhea. My bowels moved numerous times and they did not find anything. I was in the hospital for three days,” he said.
The newspaper splashed a photograph of Baptiste lying on a hospital bed to which he was handcuffed. He was later released and allowed to go free Monday night.
The CCJ is set to hand down a ruling on October 4, in the case brought by Jamaican Shanique Myrie, who claimed she was sexually assaulted and subjected to derogatory remarks by Barbadian immigration authorities at the airport during a visit to the island in March 2011.
Along with a claim for compensation for damages, Myrie is asking the CCJ to determine the minimum standard of treatment applicable to CARICOM nationals entering Barbados or any regional territory consistent with an agreement of Caribbean heads of government.
Guyanese, who have been turned back in droves when attempting to visit Barbados, can relate to the alleged treatment of Myrie, and now Baptiste.
Statistics tendered in the Myrie CCJ trial show that 2,128 Guyanese nationals and 1,485 Jamaicans were refused entry into Barbados between 2007 and last year. These are the highest refusals for persons of any nationality.
Many of those selected to be sent back to Guyana were usually placed on what was termed ‘the Guyana bench’, where they claimed to have been subjected to harsh treatment before being put on flights back home.
Baptiste, a mason/carpenter, described his treatment as “totally devastating, and embarrassing and most of all inhumane”. He said that the handcuffs were placed on him the moment he entered the hospital.
“They did not give me anything but peas, Quaker Oats and orange juice to make sure that you did not have any solids in your system. I had no privacy, they had to come and look at my faeces, “ he said.
He missed the date for the short meeting with his girlfriend who had to fly back out. “I never went to the hotel. I came straight from the plane … and I spend my vacation in hospital,” he said. “I come here to breeze my head for a little bit because I ain’t see my woman for so long, when I lock up, she in the hotel, when I out, she gone”.
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