The saga concerning the deportation of Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage from Dominica earlier this year just keeps on going with Jamaica’s attorney general, Patrick Atkinson, to decide whether that island government will get involved in the matter, according to a report published in the Jamaica Gleaner.
According to the report, Atkinson has been asked to determine whether Jamaica will get involved with Tommy’s lawer, Bert Samuels, who had earlier said that he wanted to file a complaint at the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), asking for compensation.
The Gleaner said the matter was discussed in correspondence written by Samuels to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica.
In the correspondence, obtained by DNO, Samuels noted that the matter had reached a “new level of urgency” and it is imperative that the Jamaican government intervenes.
“Notwithstanding your best efforts to date, the lapse in time due to the inaction of the Dominican government has resulted in a new level of urgency for our clients,” the correspondence to the Jamaican government said. “We are of the view that this delay, in addition to the gravity of our previously first complaints have given rise for good grounds for Jamaica to be named as a party to institute proceedings on our client’s behalf …”
In an interview with DNO in June, Samuels said that he was giving Dominica until the end of the first week of July to respond in the matter before he proceeds to the CCJ.
In his correspondence with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as reported in The Gleaner, it appears that Samuels will go ahead and take the matter to the CCJ, “due to the inaction of the Government of Dominica, in response to a request for compensation.”
Samuels’ letter also described the matter as of “great national and regional interest to ensure that the liberties of our citizens are respected and protected.”
Tommy Lee was set to perform at a concert in Portsmouth on February 23 and is alleging that he and Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Wallace were denied entry into Dominica, held in inhumane conditions and deported the next day without due process.
The government said he was denied entry into Dominica because of concerns for public safety.
The Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches had denounced the artiste’s appearance at the concert saying his music glorifies Satan and promotes lawlessness and violence.