By AVA TURNQUEST
Tribune Chief Reporter
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Darren Henfield has confirmed the government is preparing a travel letter for Bahamas-born deportee Jean Rony Jean-Charles today.
Mr Henfield, and Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette, said the document will be issued "as soon as possible."
The pair spoke with media outside the House of Assembly on Wednesday, following a landmark Supreme Court judgement declaring Mr Jean-Charles' previous expulsion from the country unlawful (see story HERE).
Mr Symonette added that Mr Jean-Charles will then be considered by the Department of Immigration for citizenship upon making an application.
Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hilton on Tuesday ordered the government immediately issue a travel document for Mr Jean-Charles and reimburse him for his travel back to the country, declaring that his rights under the Constitution have been breached.
Justice Hilton furthered that Mr Jean-Charles, upon making an application, be issued legal status no later than 60 days after his return.
The Tribune understands the Crown intends to appeal Justice Hilton’s decision.
Mr Symonette said: “The government is making provisions at the moment for a travel letter or the requisite documentation for Mr Jean-Charles to come back to Nassau. Once he’s back in Nassau, and makes an application, the Department of Immigration will look at his application and consider the appropriate action after that.
“When we see the judgement, if necessary, we will appeal the ruling,” he added.
For more on this story, see Thursday's Tribune.