Published On: Wed, Jul 16th, 2014

Jamaican court to make rulings in lawsuit against Bunting

peter-buntingKINGSTON, WILLEMSTAD - The Supreme Court will today rule on two applications in the case of Curaçao national Shurendy Quant who is suing National Security Minister Peter Bunting for ordering his deportation, in breach of a Court order.

The first order the Full Court (which comprises three justices) is to make concerns an application from the attorney general chambers that Quant’s case stand struck out because he did not make certain filings in time, in keeping with a Court order.

The other concerns an application from Quant’s legal team of Chukwuemeka Cameron and Carolyn Reid-Cameron, seeking relief from sanction, which, if granted, would see Quant’s case going ahead.

At the same time, the court made clear its disappointment that Bunting gave the go ahead for Quant, who had been painted as a drug trafficker, to be deported in breach of a Court order.

Before the application that Quant’s case stands struck down was made, Justice David Batts asked why should the court entertain the application when, on the face of it, the litigant breached a Court order, “a consent order at that”.

At another time, Batts said that it was Quant’s deportation that caused the “problem” in the first place.

For his part, Justice Lennox Campbell, the most senior judge on the panel of justices that includes Sarah Thompson-James, asked the benefit of the court making an order when the party chose to disregard it. He said the signature of the judges would be “like writing in water”.

Monday’s applications came on a day when the Full Court was to hear Quant’s challenge of Bunting’s decision to order his deportation last year April in light of the court’s ruling that he remain in Jamaica.

Following Quant’s deportation, he was sent to Holland to be tried on drug-trafficking offences. The case against him was reportedly thrown out prompting him to bring a successful claim for damages over the whole affair.

In Jamaica, Quant has also brought contempt of court proceedings against Bunting over his deportation. That matter is still pending. In relation to the contempt matter, the Court of Appeal is to rule on a petition by Quant’s legal team against an order obtained by the Attorney General Chambers that he put up a certain amount of money for “security of cost” in order for the case to proceed.

On Monday, Cameron groused to the Full Court that the application was sought in light of the fact that Quant has been arrested and had no access to his finances. But that was not the end of his complaint.

The attorney also pointed out that the stipulation that Quant’s judicial review of Bunting’s decision to deport him should be struck out if certain documents were not filed, was obtained after Quant’s deportation.

Nonetheless, Cameron said the order was complied with for the most part, save for an error that caused a document to be filed 13 days after the deadline.

Source: Jamaican Observer

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