The Caribbean Court of Justice, CCJ, has blocked an application by a Dominican show promoter, Cabral Douglas, against his country for refusing entry to Jamaican dancehall artiste Tommy Lee, who was contracted to perform there.
Tommy Lee was supposed to headline a show in Dominica, in February 2014, but did not make it to the venue.
The artiste — whose real name Leroy Russell — landed in Dominica on February 14, 2014, along with his manager, disc jockey and personal assistant.
However, they were denied entry to the country by immigration officials.
They were detained and deported the following day.
In August last year, Douglas filed an application against the Government of Dominica, saying the decision to deny entry to the artiste caused him financial, reputational and other losses.
Douglas has expressed disappointment in the court’s decision to dismiss his application.
He’s reportedly said he finds the decision ‘appalling’, arguing that it was motivated by something other than sound legal reasoning.
He’s said the implications of this decision are a huge step backwards for the implementation of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy, CSME.