The action was filed by Shurendy Quant, who is contending that Bunting breached a High Court ruling in relation to his deportation to his home island of Curaçao in mid April..
Quant is asking for Bunting to be committed to prison for allegedly breaching the order for his deportation to be stayed pending the outcome of a Judicial Review into the decision to deport him. Quant is contending that Bunting was aware of the order as legal representation from the Attorney General’s Chambers consented to it.
According to documents filed with the court by attorneys Chukwuemeka and Carolyn-Reid Cameron, Quant is also asking for Bunting to be imprisoned for “unlawfully removing [him] from Jamaica and refusing to account to the court for the reasons for his detention or his whereabouts”.
This, the applicant argues, “constitutes an ‘enforced disappearance of persons’ as contemplated in [Part] 7(1)(I) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and thus a crime against humanity to which Statute Jamaica is a signatory”.
Another ground for which Quant wants the minister placed behind bars is the reported pronouncements on April 11 at the Norman Manley Lecture about the matter while it was under consideration by Justice Marjorie Cole-Smith.
Quant is charging that Bunting’s comments at the lecture “tended to and/or was calculated to interfere with the administration and/or course of justice”.
“The pronouncements formed part of a presentation about crime and corruption and identifies the judicial system, in particular the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, resident magistrates and judges as the weakest link in the law enforcement process,” stated the documents filed by Quant.
Quant had arrived in the island in March and was given a three-month stay, but his legal woes were set in train in early April after the police found a quarter-pound of ganja in a taxi in which he and three other men were travelling.
The driver of the vehicle reportedly took ownership of the ganja. He said the other men were released, but Quant was detained.
Cameron filed a habeas corpus application in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court asking that Quant be released or charged. But, a few days after the court was told that Bunting had signed the deportation order on April 5.
Cameron said that the Narcotics Police had told the court that his client was not being investigated by them. Cameron also said that Quant wasn’t wanted in his own country for any offence.
The attorney said that he was surprised to learn the following day that Quant had been deported.
On Friday, Cameron was granted leave to file an appeal for judicial review.