Dominica, Jamaica discussing Tommy Lee Sparta issue

Attorney General Levi Peter has confirmed that discussions are underway with Jamaican authorities in relations to the deportation of Jamaican Dancehall Artiste Tommy Lee Sprata last year when he came to the island to perform at a concert in Portsmouth.

Leroy “Tommy Lee Sprata” Russell, 26 entertainer, along with his three-member team, Tiasha Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Christopher Wallace, were deported from the country one day after their arrival.

The four claimed that were denied entry into Dominica and placed in inhumane conditions before being forced to leave the island.

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The government of Dominica said they were denied entry in the interest of public safety.

Peter said that the Attorney General’s Chambers in Jamaica has made contact with it counterpart in Dominica to discuss the matter.

“I can confirm that there has been communication between the two offices,” he said. “The Attorney General’s office in Jamaica will have apparently been contacted by lawyers representing Mr. Russell and others as is not uncommon in those situations for Jamaica to intervene as it were in respect of nationals of Jamaica.”

He went on to say that “if settlement is possible and appropriate then that would be the course that will be followed.”

“But for the time being I think it is in everybody’s interest if I limit discussions in respect to those matters other than to say I think it is certainly in the public’s interest to be aware that there has been and there is communication between the two AG’S Chambers,” Peter stated.

He described the communication between the two as one “without prejudice basis” adding that “no doubt there will be further discussions and communications on the matter.”

Tommy Lee and his entourage have said their removal from Dominica was a breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM and that they received that kind of treatment because they were Jamaicans.

Lawyers for the men have threatened to take the matter to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Source: http://dominicanewsonline.com

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