The Chief Immigration Officer (CIO) is expected to appear before a High Court judge today to explain why Ghanaian national Musah Ibrahim is being detained at the Immigration Detention Centre in Aripo, so that a determination could be made on whether the detention is legal.
On Friday, Justice Vashiest Kokaram granted a writ of habeas corpus directing the CIO to appear before Court Room POS20 at 1 p.m. today.
The writ also instructs that Ibrahim should be brought to court.
According to an application filed by attorney Richard Issac, Ibrahim entered this country sometime during May 2009.
He subsequently married Trinidadian national Ashley Ibrahim on September 18, 2010.
According to the application, by March 5, 2013, the Minister of National Security acknowledged Ibrahim’s wife’s application for permission for him to travel to a neighbouring Caricom country and re-enter this country to pursue his resident application.
He was directed to contact the Immigration Division, which he did on April 2, 2013, and was told he had to leave the country and return in order to start his permanent residency.
The next day, while attempting to embark for Venezuela at Pier One, Chaguaramas, he was arrested by Immigration officers and on April 23, 2013, he was charged and taken to the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court for “illegal entry” and fined $5,000, which he paid.
After the hearing, he was taken to the Immigration Detention Centre where he has been detained since.
On June 12, 2013, Ibrahim was issued with a show of cause notice of hearing in deportation proceedings for entering T&T at a place other than a port of entry, and failing to report to an Immigration officer for examination.
On August 26, 2013, he was ordered deported, but almost one year later, he is still being kept at the Detention Centre.
alleges that this month he has been inflicted with cruel and inhumane
punishment at the Detention Centre, having been beaten on the head by
officers. In one instance, he even allegedly suffered a cracked skull, which is still affecting him.