MITCHELL ON RAFA CASE

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cialis buy times;”>STATEMENT FROM THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

17 December 2015 

The following statement is released for public information.  This statement is excerpted from a speech given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs at the Honorary Consular Corps Luncheon on Tuesday 15 December.  It is in response to the ruling of Justice Petra Hanna-Weeks in the case of Bruno Rafa  in Freeport: 

I am now studying a judgment recently issued in Freeport on a challenge to the authority of immigration.  I await formal advice.  However, my preliminary view is that   in the face of such a wide ranging judgment (with which I respectfully disagree) and if it applies  beyond the instant case, we are forced to consider our options  where the country and the public interest demands the immediate  removal of someone from the country where in the opinion of the Department of Immigration, the continued presence in the country of that individual may  be inconsistent with the peace and good order of the country.  You may hear more developing on this policy shortly.  However, the basic premise seems to me must be upheld that the Department of Immigration has in the first instance an unfettered right to determine who is landed and is excluded from The Bahamas, subject to law. 

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