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Lawyer to seek court order over detention of boy in 'ISIS' case

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:14 PMGleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law Zara Lewis, says she will be seeking a declaration from the court on whether the continued detention of a teen over suspicions he is trying to join Islamic militants in the Middle East is a breach of his constitutional rights. 

The 16-year-old was denied entry into Suriname on the suspicion.

He returned to Jamaica over the weekend. 

Lewis says the boy has not been charged despite being held in Jamaican police custody since his return.

In an interview with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre earlier Lewis said she will be taking the matter to court.


Attorney-at-law, Zara Lewis

Lewis says yesterday the teenager underwent a three-hour question and answer session with the police in the presence of the Child Development Agency and the Office of the Children’s Advocate.

She says the teenager is distressed and confused about the situation and she is making every effort to get him home to his parents as quickly as possible.

According to the boy’s grand-uncle the teen was attempting to visit his mother, who he had not seen in six years, in England.

Roberts says since the teen did not have a visa to enter the United Kingdom, he planned to meet up with his mother and grandmother in the Netherlands before traveling to England.