Shanique Myrie inquiry – Barbados environmental officer part of Immigration scam?

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Questions about Barbados Environmental Officer Daniel Forde

by One Who Knows

The story is still developing but from the reports in the local news, questions are being asked about the role of Daniel Forde “a senior government environmental officer” in the Shanique Myrie fiasco.

Jamaican Myrie was denied entry into Barbados and held in Immigration custody. She has alleged mistreatment by Bajan authorities, including being “finger raped” during a search for drugs.

Bajan Pamela Clarke testified that neighbour Daniel Forde asked her to be available when his friend Myrie arrived from Jamaica in case Mryrie couldn’t get hold of Forde. But while Clarke agreed to this she did not know that Myrie was providing her name and address as the person who invited her to Barbados and where she would be staying.

Myrie lied to Immigration officers, saying that she had been talking to Pamela Clarke on the internet for two months. That was not true as they had never spoken or emailed.

Barbados drug search

Although Bajan government official Daniel Forde had something to do with Shanique Myrie traveling to Barbados, it seems Forde and Myrie did not want the Immigration officials to know that.

Why Not?

Testimony says that Myrie lied to Immigration Officials about her relationship with Pamela Clarke, and so far it testimony says that Myrie didn’t offer Forde’s name as her real host.

So Myrie was not truthful with Immigration and Forde was in on that plan to not be truthful. That is what it looks like so far.

Why weren’t Forde and Myrie straight with Immigration officials? Is this about human trafficking and Forde, a Barbados government official, is involved? Is this about Myrie is his little squeeze on the side that Forde didn’t want someone else to know about? Or is it something altogether innocent, mistakes made because somebody assumed something and said the wrong thing?

There’s more questions than answers right now, but if it shapes up that Forde was part of some plan to not tell the truth to Immigration, then Bajans should be asking themselves if Forde should keep that nice cushy government job of his.

The inquiry continues…

BFP’s readers can head over to Barbados Today as that news source has published many articles about Shanique Myrie. Check out Never knew Myrie.

We’re going to reprint the whole article here because you know how it is folks – if we don’t sure enough the original article will change or disappear a common happening with the Bajan news media. Readers should first head over to Barbados Today as they deserve your click please. 

Never knew Myrie

The immigration officer who recommended that Jamaican Shanique Myrie be refused entry into Barbados on March 14, 2011, told the Caribbean Court of Justice sitting in Bridgetown this morning, it was because she was a first-timer to the island, and that she met her local host on the Internet.

Under cross examination by Nancy Anderson, the lead attorney on Myrie’s legal team, Alicia Young testified that once she had determined those two reasons, which are part of the requirements for entry, she referred the matter to her supervisor, a Merlo Reid, for the actual refusal.

Young was the second new witness called on day two today before the CCJ, which is hearing a case where the Jamaican woman is alleging that Barbadian border officials not only denied her entry because of her nationality, but breached certain of her fundamental rights and freedoms, including subjecting her to a body cavity search at Grantley Adams International Airport.

A visibly nervous Young, who was “drilled” by Anderson and some of the judges, gave evidence that her duties included interviewing arriving passengers to determine if they met the requirements to enter Barbados.

Asked what she looked at to make that determination, the witness replied the immigration form and the passport. The immigration officer also testified that she decided who would qualify to enter Barbados.

“I don’t refuse, I refer to the supervisor … and let him know the situation.”

Young said that on the day in question, she took Myrie to the supervisor’s office, which was in the arrivals hall area, and put her to stay in the waiting area. She noted that after she referred the issue to the supervisor, she left the claimant in the office and returned to her booth.

Questioned why an arriving passenger would be referred to the supervisor, the immigration officer told the court, if the host was not of good repute or if they did not have a return ticket or sufficient funds.

The witness said she was not instructed to treat CARICOM nationals differently to others, when making referrals.

As the cross examination intensified, Young at times shook her head to questions or whispered her responses, to the point where some of the judges urged her to speak up.

The immigration card, which was read into evidence by Myrie’s lawyer, showed that Myrie possessed US$300 to stay in Barbados for two weeks and the address recorded on that document was Hillaby, St. Andrew.

At the bottom of the card, †a hand-written note said “in care of Pamela Clarke”, which the immigration officer told the CCJ she was responsible for writing.

Young said she was satisfied with all the information on the immigration form, but rejected suggestions by the claimant’s lawyer that she did not have cause to refer Myrie to her supervisor.

In response to one of the justices, the witness later admitted she was acting on instructions that if a visitor said they had met their host on the Internet he or she should be referred to the supervisor.

The immigration officer also informed the tribunal that “Internet hosts happen frequently and they are referred”.

This witness will return to the stand tomorrow morning, when the sitting resumes in the Number One Supreme Court.

Another new state witness who testified this morning was, Pamela Clarke, the same woman whose name was written on Myrie’s immigration card as the one with whom she would stay.

However, when lead state lawyer Roger Forde QC, asked Clarke to respond to earlier evidence given by Myrie that she spoke with her, but when the claimant could not understand her (Clarke), a female known as Shika interpreted.

“I don’t know anyone name Shika,” Clarke declared.

The state witness also testified she never invited Shanique Myrie to Barbados, she was not coming to stay with her and she never communicated with her on the telephone or the Internet.

In fact, Clarke noted she did not even have an email address although she had Internet access, which she was now trying to “handle”. However, she told the court she was doing her friend, Daniel Forde, a senior government environmental officer a favour in facilitating Myrie on her arrival at the airport.

Clarke conceded that Forde, whom she referred to as “Danny”, was her close friend, even now, and that he had told her a female friend was coming to him from Jamaica. She admitted that while Myrie was not coming to reside at her, she agreed that Forde could give the Jamaican woman her telephone number, name and address, in case she was having problems on arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

“I was expecting a call (from Myrie) if she was having problems at the airport. If Danny wasn’t there, or she couldn’t find him, I would try to reach him cause I have all his numbers,” testified Clarke.

Under further cross examination, she said she would not have been surprised if Myrie had called her from the airport, but was not comfortable with the police calling her.

The witness informed the tribunal she received three calls from different police officers on that day, but was not sure if any of them told her they were interviewing Myrie for drugs.

The court also recalled Police Sergeant Vernon Farrell and Systems Manager at the airport, Ian Best.

Farrell was cross examined on statements he took from Daniel Forde and Shakira Rowe, while Best was asked to clarify if the camera located in the secure area of the immigration department, recorded video on March 14, 2011.

Best testified that considering some uncertainty in his evidence yesterday, after having time to reflect, he was in a position to advise the court today that the camera was in fact, not recording on the day in question.

The reason, he added, was that there was a host of issues regarding the installation of cameras in some parts of the airport and the seaport and which resulted in requests to stop recordings.

In seeking to amplify the issue, state attorney Roger Forde told the CCJ the stopping of recordings related to an industrial matter with the union representing workers in the immigration and customs divisions.

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28 responses to “Shanique Myrie inquiry – Barbados environmental officer part of Immigration scam?

  1. Willie and Rib Bone

    Me and Rib Bone ain’t got nuthin do wit dis and anybody say we bin seen cavortin wit Danny da Dog Man Forde at dat rum shop on da coast be lyin ’cause we never took no money or favors or womens or young boys or fried chiken from da man and dose photographs ain’t true neither.
    Dat’s me and Rib Bone story and we stikin to it!
    We will not be at da usual haunt ’cause da press and polis be hounding us.

  2. 32

    she’s a unhappy ho’ trying fuh hush money, hope she get none

  3. Gingerbread Girl

    Forde was the pimp. She came to hustle but didn’t get out of the airport. The Jamaica authorities really polish her up good for this case. Notice she don’t wear short sleeve dresses or tops, she gotta keep them tattoos under cover.

  4. 38

    You people are horrible! If you know something, go to court and testify! Otherwise stfu and go learn english!

  5. The Watcher

    The people aren’t horrible. This girl clearly came here under false pretenses. Is she someone who can add value to the economy of Barbados? Does she have a specific skill that is in demand and that can be taxed? Barbadians are dumb as hell. Always playing Devil’s Advocate. Oh she may have come to be by a friend etc etc. She came here either to sell her body or as a mule carrying contraband or both. This country will be taken over by any and all sorts of vermin and esteemed members of the Untaminch before we Barbadians start to develop a sense of National Pride. Dismiss this fool, ban her ass indefinitely or until she can pass a Calculus III examination and lets spend that money being wasted on a CCJ case on National matters. The real issue here is the people behind the Human Trafficking Trade here and their supposed un-touchable status. That’s what all this fuss is really about. Not this wig wearing, clown.
    Barbadians, get serious about your land! If we cant go to T&T and Jamaica and do as we well please, they cant come here and do as they please either!
    Nuff said!

  6. 192

    I though we were a soverign country to determine who should enter our borders, treaty or no treaty. People lie and scheme and these persons appear innocent on the outside. Everyday someone is

  7. Rastaman

    Wonder if charges will be laid against Mr Forde?

  8. Fear Play

    Has Mr Forde been interviewed? Who paid for Ms Myrie’s ticket? Were telephone conversations between Ms Myrie and her Barbadian contact reviewed, before and after the incident? Internet communications? Were background checks conducted on Ms Myrie’s means of support in her homeland? Should the Barbados Government be proven innocent as charged, will full cost be awarded AND REIMBURSEMENT made by the accusing parties? Will the Barbadian public be informed when full reimbursement is made?

  9. How is it that Mr. Forde didn’t get called to testify? Or maybe I’m missing something, but he seems to hold the key to this case.

  10. Richard

    Listen folks, I think what is on trial here is Ms Myrie’s claim about how she was handled or mishandled by the Immigration officials at Grantley Adams Airport. No one is disputing whether Barbados has the right to deny entry, as a matter of fact, if this lady in question was denied entry without the fan fare there would not even be a story. Yes, you are right, the Barbadian authority has the right to deny, but I don’t think they have the right to treat any visitor to their shores in the way Ms Myrie alleges. Personally, I would never re-visit Barbados, I have done so once, I find their Immigration officials obnoxious and rude, so, I make a personal decision never to visit again. If a government official is involved in any impropriety, he should be called out as well. We should also note that there has been several other complains about the behavior of the the Immigration staff there at that airport, so, at minimum that should be looked at, internationally the Grantley Adams airport staff does not get good ratings, not just from Jamaicans but from other countries as well. There are far too many other way more exciting destinations than to subject oneself to the Barbarians, oops I meant Barbadians and their xenophobic attitude.

  11. Richard

    Tom you are absolutely right, he should be called in, but as usual, some folks are untouchables.

  12. Rastaman

    Can’t you tell just by looking at them ?????

  13. You Bajans are now probably learning finally just how CRAZY this whole idea of CSME is. We in the Bahamas soundly rejected it, as it would have been the beginning of an invasion of undesirables from our southern neighbours.

    By the way, I have been to Barbados many times and never had the least problem with immigration, who were polite to a fault. I suspect their experience taught them to judge those in certain categories, to which this lady seems to belong.

  14. Richard

    I guess by categorizing other as ” undesirables” it gives YOU a false sense of being better than the next human being, a feeling you so desperately need to mitigate and assuage your deep seated inferior complexes. It is people like who has made this world such a hostile place to live. As people with a capacity to reason and follow logic, we should know that you simply cannot right off an entire nation by the actions of a few. You have not been harassed by the Barbadian airport staff and that’s wonderful, but it does not diminish the fact that there is a problem there that needs to be looked into. Maybe you have never been raped or robbed either, but crime exists in everywhere.

  15. Actually I HAVE been raped …… in a strip club in Montego Bay, by five nice looking Jamaican ladies. No complaints, though.

    As for the rest of your presumptious, uninformed comments, they do not merit a serious response.

  16. Richard

    Both words “robbed” and “raped” where prefaced by the word “maybe” and used in a specific context to express an idea, which apparently flew right over your head. I am not sure that that was done deliberately or not. As a rule, I do not attack persons I attack arguments. You can respond in any way you see fit, it does not change the equation in any meaningful way. So, I was correct when I intimated that you might ave some inner complexes that needs to be resolved. The fact that I now know that you had the unfortunate experience of being raped, which I had no way of knowing before, I would not have used the word “raped” in my response to make my point, because naturally it would have evoked unpleasant emotions on your part, and for that I apologize profusely. Whether you think my response is presumptious or uninformed is for another debate, which I won’t have, lets stick to the substance of what we were discussing, if that is at all possible. And please note that I am terribly sorry to learn of your experience and you must believe me that it was not my intent to have you relive the trauma of such an experience by mentioning that word. I hope you will accept my apologies. Now, will you?

  17. Richard

    You see Bahamared, one of the things I never want to find myself guilty of, is offending another person intentionally or unintentionally, and honestly, when you script back to me, it was evident that you were incensed by my response and my choice of words, so as a fair-minded human being I felt the right thing to do was to apologize to you and hope that you would accept my apology and I am happy you did, now we can do like the President of the United States and have a “Beer Summit”, only problem is. you are in the Bahamas and I am in New York. But at minimum, I can go to bed tonight knowing that I have not cause another human being unnecessary emotional duress because of my actions or my choice of words, and that means mountains to me. biopsyche@yahoo

  18. Mark Fenty

    @ John
    I can help but to admire your tautologous articulation of phonological jousting, it kinda reminds me of the British rhetorician Benjamin Disreali.

  19. Mark Fenty

    @ John
    Now choose your words very carefully when you begin to talk about the President of the united states. Because I don’t entertain unjustifiable criticism of the president joking or otherwise.

  20. Like guns and drugs people make a huge impression on any foreign soil they land. Take Guns we don’t make them nowhere in Caricom. But they get here and we seem unable to do anything about it. It kills and maims thousands every year and is illegal to possess without the requisite permits. But Uncle Sam does nothing absolutely nothing to prevent them from infecting our islands. But they have at their disposal a myriad of Coast Guard, Navy, and ICE etc etc to unveil economic tsunami of boycotts against any Caricom nation where Ganja, Traffickers of all descriptions and scammers come from. I have been to Barbados on numerous occasion and have been accosted by Immigration or Customs The most notable was in the immigration hall this woman ‘unidentified’ starts to ask me questions I ignore her and then purposely went straight to a junior immigration officer in uniform to report this strange person.

    Laughable the poor junior did not know how to handle the situation. This is when she identifies herself and then tries to give me hell. Instructing me to hand over my passport, I refused and told her I will hand it over to the junior officer. I then request a senior officer to attend to this dispute, the offer was initially refused and a standoff ensued. Then came this burly plain clothed man with his ID clearly displayed asking the previously unidentified woman the problem and then started to verbally accost me. I said with due respect this whole incident has a fourth party please ask the junior officer his read of events before asking for mine. Poor junior was so embarrassed he stuttered and was turning purple. The response now from the ‘Supervisor’ what is your problem then. My response is that while now handing over my passport to the junior is that with my years of travel I never take solicitation from anybody especially people without any visible identification. Flipping through my passport his countenance changed.

    His response was Oh I see. Now lets me complete my paper work have the junior stamp my passport and was on my way. Immigration and Customs are at the front line to literally judge people before they admit them so as a black man or woman with a Jamaican or probable some other Caribbean passport will get the juices flowing. It is laughable I say, Why? You can hear the snickers of the people of the so called Caucasians never refused entry no matter where they come from scrounging around Barbados in search of their next fix or high. Believe it or not I used to visit for work at least 7 time a year and know that when some say they going to Barbados it is pure and serene in your mind. But that a cover for undercover drug use and prostitution Barbados; you problems from Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam etc. and foreigners coming to get their groove on. Are you going to stop them at the source or allow the market to determine demand for all the vise you provide?

  21. I have been to barbados many, many times (more than any other country in the region apart from my own) and have never had the least harassment. Maybe it is luck, who knows.
    But I suspect that the reaction to this woman (while maybe unprofessional) comes from some trend that people in her demographic profile fit. Immigration officers are in the tricky position of having to make quick decisions and generalizations without being accused of discrimination. For this reason, I give them a certain leeway.

    I also know that economic problems in jamaica make them particularly prone to seek entry into wealthier countries to work illegally. That is simply a fact, one that is probably even more problematic in the Bahamas than in Barbados. For these reasons, immigration personel should be given credit for the difficulty of their job.

  22. Mark Fenty

    Trevor, I’m quite certain that 99.99% of Barbadians abroad can definitely relate to what you’re saying, including myself. I’ve had similar experiences with the immigration in Barbados, that I care not to disclose here.

  23. Mark Fenty

    I’ll say this much with respect to the immigration in Barbados: the ignorance of the unlettered takes no scrutiny to established .

  24. Dessalines

    @ Fear Play

    You mentioned one of the red lights that went off in my head when this story broke years ago. That is who exactly is ‘Danny’ and secondly why isn’t he and Pamela Clarke publicly defending their friend whom they invited to Barbados for vacation after the proverbial shiite hit the fan. Now we know that Pamela never knew Myrie from Eve we are left to speculate about Daniel’s role in the matter. Has he even been interviewed? If not why not. Why wasn’t he asked to testify? What is Myrie’s profession in Jamaica. Has the Barbadian lawyer even brought this up.

  25. @ ALL
    Demand and Supply
    Facts are Jamaica has a population of approximately 3 million people.
    Miss. Myrie and her peeps are known “as rumor has it” to be who they are.
    Jamaicans are not too crazy about who she is or what she does…… But it is how she claimed she was treated.
    Jamaicans know and people from Barbados, Antigua, St. Marteen and all over the E.C It’s an open secret.
    If and when you travel from Kingston to Barbados via Antigua or St Marteen and back you hear them talk and boast.
    They all go to WORK……. Does Blue Lights Still exist? only Foreign Dancer plus the odd Bajan Girl…But that’s the public part.
    The Private Dancer. What you say…. you know not of that? Escort services…anyone. Give me a break and stop the Jamaica/ Barbados proxy war. Im 2 old 4 them thing now anyways.
    It is real people and has been for years upon years gone by….and it aint gonna stop.
    Remember Miss Myrie statement that the immigration lady told her she came to take away the Bajan Husbands? Go Figure.
    And with so called Prostitution comes all sort of illegal activity. GUNS AND DRUGS remember they don’t operate without their PIMPS.
    The link is wide and stretches from Kingston right down the islands to Guyana and Surinam It is an open secret fact if there is such a thing.
    Some big people in Barbados done know di deal so when the denial of ever knowing Miss Myrie is brought to the fore, who in their right mind would say yes I know her.
    All in all a good exercise for this Regional Court and by the rulings and conduct so far so good.

  26. donkeyowner

    Donkey Fenty, stfu you braying ass.

  27. Richard

    I am not sure why there is this long drawn out case here. The Barbadian Gov by this knows why Ms Myrie was coming to Barbados, they know where she was supposedly going to stay and they also know who facilitated her trip to that country. Yes, Ms Myrie might have lied to protect Forde, but she should have realized that there would be consequences for doing so. I hate when public officials dabble their hands in mess and then pretend that their hands are squeaky clean, they know Forde’s role in all of this, it is an open secret. On the other hand if it is found that Immigration officials at Grantley treated this woman improperly, which I do believe they did, then she should be compensated. Telling a lie, will take away some credibility, but it does not mean what she said they did to her did not happen, it just makes it harder for them to believe, especially without any substantial evidence. Clearly, there is tension between the two countries, Barbadians hate Jamaicans and I believe Jamaicans hate them more, and this story is certainly no helping. Some will deny this fact, but denialism, although quite comforting, does not make this reality disappears.

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