Monday, November 20, 2017

Cuban national released*

Lawyers write Chief Immigration Officer after client’s five-month detention...

‘Relieved’: Cuban national Yoandy Cruz, who is seeking refuge in this country, was released from the Immigration Detention Centre, Aripo, on Friday, after his lawyers sent a pre-action protocol letter to Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews.


Cuban national Yoandy Cruz, who is seeking refuge in this country, was released from the Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) at Aripo on Friday after his lawyers sent a pre-action protocol letter to Chief Immigration Officer Charmaine Gandhi-Andrews that same day.
Cruz told the Express yesterday he was ­released and is currently staying with a friend. He lamented his imprisonment for the past five months has rendered him in a “lost” position.
He was detained by Trinidad and Tobago Immigration officials for five months ­although he sought refugee status in this country and was registered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on March 23, 2017. He was issued with an asylum seeker certificate on July 11, 2017.
Attorneys Elena Da Silva and Devon ­Corey Williams sent a pre-action protocol ­letter to Gandhi-Andrews on Friday, ­notifying her that they would head to the court for Cruz’s unlawful detention.

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