Controversial dancehall artiste, Tommy Lee Sparta, is giving Dominica 30 days to begin compensation negotiations or he will file a claim with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the Jamaica Gleaner is reporting.
According to the newspaper the information was part of a letter submitted to Jamaican Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, A.J. Nicholson by attorney-at-law Bert Samuels.
Tommy Lee was set to perform in Portsmouth in February 23 but upon his arrival in Dominica, was refused entry. He was subsequently arrested and the following day, deported.
Tommy Lee, along with Oralie Russell, Junior Fraser and Mario Wallace said they were denied entry into Dominica and placed in inhumane conditions before being forced to leave the island.
The government of Dominica said they were denied entry in the interest of public safety.
In their letter to Nicholson, the men said their removal from Dominica was breach of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas that governs CARICOM and that they received the kind of treatment because they were Jamaicans, according to The Gleaner.
They want the Jamaican government to raise the matter with with the Dominican government with the idea of seeking compensation.
Failure of the Dominican Government to start compensation negotiations within 30 days will result in a lawsuit being filed with the CCJ.
Tommy Lee’s performance in Dominica was harshly criticized by members of the religious fraternity who allege that his music promotes violence and satanism.
The Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches (DAEC) had called for a boycott of the concert.