The telecommunications company C3 has filed for judicial review against an Immigration Department decision to execute a search warrant on its premises and seize some of the company’s property, including a laptop computer.
There are few publicly available details about the case. Infinity Broadband Ltd., trading as C3, filed a judicial review application asking the Grand Court to quash the Immigration Department’s warrant and have the seized property returned. The grounds for the application, however, are in another document that was not provided to the Cayman Compass.
A hearing took place over the matter on Monday in Justice Ingrid Mangatal’s chambers, where it was implied that a C3 employee was arrested after the Immigration Department carried out its warrant.
The hearings for the application, which was filed on Oct. 6, were apparently fast-tracked because the Immigration Department had C3’s property, and because one of the company’s employees was arrested.
While the computer has been returned to C3, the company’s attorney, Vaughan Carter, sought to continue fast-tracking the hearings because he said the company’s employee “remains on bail pending resolution of the investigation” by law enforcement authorities.
“There is a level of seriousness still attached to this matter,” Mr. Carter said.
Senior Crown counsel Anne-Marie Rambarran replied that the employee signed an agreement with the Immigration Department to have the matter dealt with administratively, rather than going through the courts. Mr. Carter said he has not received that information, and the Crown counsel said she would provide the agreement to him.
The allegations against the C3 employee were not discussed.
Ms. Rambarran also explained why the laptop was returned to C3.
She said the laptop was encrypted, preventing authorities from accessing or copying the information on it. However, “Immigration was happy to return it because they have other evidence against the employee,” she said.
Justice Kirsty-Ann Gunn granted C3 leave to file for judicial review last week. At Monday’s hearing, Justice Mangatal gave the Immigration Department seven weeks to file affidavits in support of its case, and gave C3 another two weeks to respond.
The hearing is expected to take place in early 2019.