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Jul 13, 2011

Attorney says 20-day detention can be extended

Audrey Matura Shepherd

There are other sections of the bill that has the commission sounding alarm.  The twenty-day detention could also be extended via an application at the Supreme Court and the process; Matura Shepherd says limits the rights of individuals. The legislation is so sweeping that it extends to minors, who may merely be suspect of anti social behavior.

Audrey Matura Shepherd, Volunteer, Human Rights Commission

“The initial detention order may be extended for a period not exceeding one month by a judge of the Supreme Court in chambers on an ex parte application. Now I have to pause here. In chambers means that usually hearings are public so anybody could sit in and listen so if William is missing, his family could go sit in and have an idea where William is. But in chambers means they cannot go into the judge’s chambers. So imagine here’s the judge and here’s the prosecution saying that you should keep William locked up wherever he is, but the ex parte means in his absence so it’s not like Williams is even before the judge.  Fifty-two days they could beat you three, four times and you recover by the time you come out. It is horrendous; that can never become something entrenched in our constitution. People have to understand the severity. But it gets worst; that provision because there’s one more thing that people miss because we’re so caught up on preventative detention. But there’s also this provision that says—not only are they going after every Belizean, now they are going after our children because its saying in section five, they’re including paragraph L which says “a person shall not be deprived of his personal liberty save as may be authorized by any law in the following cases: L, under a law which makes reasonable provision for the protection of children from criminal conduct or anti social behavior.  What they are saying is that they can take your children, deprive them of their liberty under the pretense that they are exposed to anti social behavior and criminal behavior.”

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3 Responses for “Attorney says 20-day detention can be extended”

  1. Elgin Martinez says:

    PM Barrow knows all the gang members.We all forgot that the PM had a meeting with these gangs.Why isn’t this preventative detention applicable only to gang members?

  2. CLEANHEART says:

    MR ELGIN THE LAW IS APPLICABLE TO CRIMINALS OK, NOT NECESSARILY GANGS, IT COULD BE ANYBODY WITH THE INTENTIONS TO COMMIT A CRIME, OK, I AM SURE ONCE IN PLACE MOST BELIZEANS WILL FEEL SAFE, ESPECIALLY THOSE LAW ABIDING BELIZEANS.

  3. Abe says:

    Thanks Clean heart!!! Youre on the right track!!! Crime is crime, if its gangs or not!

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