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Denied Entry Of Controversial Artist Tommy Lee Sparta In Dominica Over Two Years Ago Sparks Lawsuit

After more than two years now, the Dominica government is facing a potential lawsuit regarding controversial Jamaican dancehall artist Tommy Lee Sparta being blocked from entering their country. The lawsuit submitted by his lawyer, Cabral Douglas, who organized the concert at the time, suggests that Tommy Lee Sparta was illegally detained and deported when he was slated to perform.

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The attorney-at-law says that he will be pursuing a special leave to present himself before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) “to enforce my rights and the rights of CARICOM nationals under relevant provisions of the Revised Treat of Chaguaramas (RTC), as I remain committed to the principles of regional integration, human rights and free enterprise which are the foundations of economic development in Dominica and the Caribbean region, as intended by the framers of the RTC.”

On the afternoon of February 23, Tommy Lee, whose birth name is Leroy Russell, was halted upon arriving at the Melville Hall Airport to attend the concert that was slated to occur in Portsmouth later that day. On the following day, he was reportedly sent back home on a flight after being in police custody. It is said that prior to his arrival on the island, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches were making efforts for a boycott of his performance as they said he glorified Satan during his performances and also uses the stage name “Uncle Demon”.

On concerns for the safety of the public, the Ministry of National Security said that they heeded the decision to not allow his entry.

“The decision to deny entry was intended as a pre-emptive action and also to provide an opportunity to exhaust all efforts to clarify information received,” the authorities said in a statement at the time.

The decision was rubbished by Douglas, the son of late Dominican Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, who accused the government of “small mindedness”.

“If anyone can be accused to practising evil, it’s certainly not Tommy Lee, but rather the leadership of Dominica as evidenced by the barbaric, vindictive and inhumane treatment of innocent skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica,” he said in a statement. “How can Dominica hypocritically advocate for free movement it its capacity as chair of CARICOM on the one hand, whilst arbitrarily detaining, deporting and humiliating skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica on the other? This is an affront to the spirit of regional Integration.”

Douglas attested that their is a sight of grave danger lurching around the economic interests Dominican individuals and corporate entities seeking to contract with skilled CARICOM nationals because of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s failure to honor the obligations stated under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. In addition to that, it also undermines the credibility of CARICOM itself, with Dominica holding the chair responsible for the implementation of free movement within CARICOM’s quasi-Cabinet. He also chastised the government in an accusation for breaking a commitment to settle the matter out of court.

More than two years after controversial Jamaican dancehall artiste Tommy Lee Sparta was blocked from entering Dominica to perform at a concert, the government of the Eastern Caribbean nation is facing a potential lawsuit.

Attorney-at-law Cabral Douglas, who had organized the concert at which the artiste, real name Leroy Russell , was supposed to perform, has alleged that the performer was illegally arrested, detained and deported.

And he says he will be seeking special leave to appear before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) “to enforce my rights and the rights of CARICOM nationals under relevant provisions of the Revised Treat of Chaguaramas (RTC), as I remain committed to the principles of regional integration, human rights and free enterprise which are the foundations of economic development in Dominica and the Caribbean region, as intended by the framers of the RTC.”

 Denied Entry Of Controversial Artist Tommy Lee Sparta In Dominica Over Two Years Ago Sparks Lawsuit

CABRAL DOUGLAS, ATTORNEY AND ORGANIZER OF THE EVENT THAT TOMMY LEE SPARTA WAS SUPPOSED TO HEADLINE.

Tommy Lee was stopped at the Melville Hall Airport on the afternoon of February 23 after he arrived for the concert which was to be held in Portsmouth that night. He was subsequently taken into police custody before being put on a flight back home the following day.

Ahead of his arrival in the island, the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had protested his planned performance and called for a boycott, charging that the artiste, who also uses the stage name “Uncle Demon”, glorified Satan during his performances.

The Ministry of National Security said it took the decision not to allow Tommy Lee entry because of concerns for public safety. “The decision to deny entry was intended as a pre-emptive action and also to provide an opportunity to exhaust all efforts to clarify information received,” it said in a statement at the time.

However, Douglas, the son of late Dominican Prime Minister Rosie Douglas, accused the government of “small mindedness”.

“If anyone can be accused to practising evil, it’s certainly not Tommy Lee, but rather the leadership of Dominica as evidenced by the barbaric, vindictive and inhumane treatment of innocent skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica,” he said in a statement.

“How can Dominica hypocritically advocate for free movement it its capacity as chair of CARICOM on the one hand, whilst arbitrarily detaining, deporting and humiliating skilled CARICOM nationals contracted to work in Dominica on the other? This is an affront to the spirit of regional Integration.”

Douglas argued that Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s refusal to honour its obligations under the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, as it pertains to the free movement of skilled community nationals, poses a grave danger to the economic interests Dominican individuals and corporate entities seeking to contract with skilled CARICOM nationals and also undermines the credibility of CARICOM itself, and Dominica’s position as chair responsible for the implementation of free movement within CARICOM’s quasi-Cabinet.

He further accused the government of reneging on a commitment to settle the matter out of court.

 

Read more: http://www.caribbean360.com/news/dominica-faces-lawsuit-refusing-entry-jamaican-dancehall-artiste#ixzz4Ddnpo5gO

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