Published On: Mon, Apr 15th, 2013

Lawyers cry foul as Curacao man deported despite granting a stay

Court houseRJRNews Online - Lawyers for a Curacao man who was deported by the Jamaican authorities on Thursday are crying foul and claiming that he was sent home despite a court order granting a stay.

The man, who is identified as Shurendy Quant, was detained last week in Ocho Rios, St. Ann while travelling in a taxi which was transporting ganja. Mr. Quant was detained, along with the driver and two other passengers. The driver was charged with possession of ganja and later released. The other passengers were released without being charged. However Mr. Quant was reportedly detained without any reason being given.

Carolyn Reid and Chuck Cameron, attorneys for Mr. Quant, went to court last week and made a habeas corpus application, seeking his release. The matter was adjourned until Monday, April 8. But, according to Mr. Cameron, a deportation order was presented to the court.

An application to review the order was subsequently filed in the Supreme Court seeking a stay of Mr. Quant's deportation. Reports are that on Wednesday the authorities consented to the stay of the deportation but despite this Mr. Quant was deported. His legal team will be heading to court Friday to ascertain who should be held responsible.

“We would be going to the Supreme Court; the date is fixed to appear in court where we will be making application for leave for judicial review and we will be seeking to obtain answers and determine who will be held responsible for the flagrant disobeying of the court order,” Mr. Cameron told RJR News.

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