Freedom of Movement Application Fails at the CCJ

29 May 2019

CARICOM citizens have important rights but to exercise these rights clear documentary evidence of their nationality is required. This was the outcome of the case of Bain vs. Trinidad and Tobago, that was decided today by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Mr Bain, a citizen of both Grenada and the United States of America, had claimed that his right to freedom of movement was infringed when he was denied entry into the twin-island state when arriving from Grenada just before midnight on 14 December 2017.   He presented himself as an American citizen, producing only his USA passport,  as his Grenadian passport had expired some years earlier.

 

Upon arrival at  Piarco International Airport, immigration officials questioned him concerning information they had received about a man with the same name  who has convictions on drug-related offences. Although he denied any drug convictions, Mr. Bain was refused entry and was sent back to Grenada on an early flight on 15 December 2017, although he had also informed the immigration officers that he was a citizen of Grenada and thus entitled to freedom of movement in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states.

 

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