Reports are that both men were denied their freedom as the police immediately re-arrested them under the State of Emergency (SOE) after they were offered bail by the court and their bail bonds were signed,
The Opposition Shadow Minister said the constitutional rights of every citizen must be respected and it is a dangerous precedent to ignore the decision of the court in any situation. Dismissing or ignoring a decision by the bench is especially egregious, she said, when the rights and freedom of citizens are threatened.
Senator Scott Mottley said to have the men still languishing in custody for months after they were ordered to be released by the court amounts to declaring that the judiciary is toothless and of no consequence.
She said the government and all agencies must respect the rights of citizens and give due honour to court decisions as confidence in the rule of law is critical to our democracy.
“It has been months since these men have been detained and this situation needs to be resolved.” Senator Scott Mottley said.
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