Tommy Lee Threatens to File a Case against Dominica in CCJ
Dancehall entertainer, Tommy Lee, has threatened to file a claim with the Caribbean Court of Justice, (CCJ), if Dominica does not begin compensation negotiations within the next 30 days.
The information was contained in a letter submitted to Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, A.J. Nicholson by Tommy Lee’s attorney.
On Sunday February 23rd 2014, Leroy “Tommy Lee Sparta” Russell was denied entry into Dominica by the Government, through the Ministry of National Security, which stated that the artiste was stopped in the interest of public safety.
Tommy Lee Sparta was expected to perform at a show at the Arbeedee Cinema that same night, however, the artiste along with three members of his entourage were stopped by Immigration Officials.
On Monday February 24th, Sparta was deported from Dominica.
According to the entourage, they were denied entry, placed in custody under inhumane conditions and forced to leave the island a day later without due process.
The men claim their forced removal from Dominica was a breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM.
They also say no reason was given for the denial of entry and their subsequent deportation.
They are contending that they received the treatment they did because they were Jamaicans.
In the letter, reference was made to Article Seven of the treaty which deals with non-discrimination.
The men want the Jamaican Government to raise the matter with the Dominican Government with a view to seek compensation.