Man Shot During Immigration Exercise Denied Bail In Illegal Entry Case


Tribune Staff Reporter


A MAN currently suing the government for being shot during an immigration exercise was denied bail in Magistrate’s Court yesterday concerning his case on the charge of illegal entry.

Jean Justilien, a 27-year-old Haitian national currently on remand at the Department of Correctional Services, had applied to Magistrate Andrew Forbes for bail ahead of trial concerning a June 23 immigration exercise in Eleuthera.

Though he was not brought down from the correctional facility for yesterday’s ruling which had been delayed by a week, his lawyer, Adrian Gibson, received the ruling of the court which was to deny the application for pre-trial release on the basis that there had been no material change in the circumstances of Justilien’s case.

Mr Gibson and prosecutor Kendal Rahming agreed to November 27 as the new date for trial.

“I’ll have a stenographer present and I will make certain that Mr Justilien is brought here,” the magistrate said.

Justilien, 27, was remanded to prison after he was charged in the Magistrate’s Court for illegal entry in June. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Justilien was shot during an immigration round up in Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, on June 9 and airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment. He was discharged on June 11.

He has since filed a writ against the government seeking $500,000 in damages for the shooting and breaches to his constitutional rights.

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