BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday, July 12, 2015
ANN Marie Dallas is a very angry and disappointed woman.
She is angry at the United Kingdom authorities for sending her back to Jamaica five years ago while she was pursuing justice in their courts.
|ANN Marie Dallas|
She is disappointed that, despite a spirited battle to become reunited with her common-law husband and two children in Britain, she has received no help from neither the Jamaican High Commission in the UK nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade (MFAFT) in Jamaica.
Dallas was so upset that she travelled to Montego Bay in June, hoping to attract the attention of the ministry and legal experts attending the immigration sessions which formed part of the sixth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference in that city. Despite some assurances from the lawyers present that she had been treated unjustly by the UK immigration authorities, she has returned to Kingston feeling frustrated, but not defeated.
Dallas said that at the conference, she sought the support of the ministry through Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown, but was told that she would have to proceed with a civil action in the UK courts.
The Jamaica Observer spoke to Brown at Gordon House last week, who said that he did not remember the particular case. However, he pointed out that the issue was a civil one, which would have to be taken up by the victim in the courts.
"We do not normally interfere with these issues unless they have to do with some breach of treaty. The problem is that when you tell people that they have to take that approach they don't want to hear that," the junior minister said. However, he said he would try to get in touch with Dallas and discuss the matter.
But Dallas insisted that the Jamaican High Commission in London and the MFAFT in Kingston have let her down. more