Jean Bacchus released
July 3, 2004
The police on Thursday released Jean Bacchus, sister-in-law of George Bacchus, following habeas corpus proceedings filed in the High Court.
An affidavit in support of that motion was filed by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes on behalf of Jean's sister, Olive Williams. It said that the woman had first been arrested by a party of policemen at her home last Friday and had been released that Sunday. However, according to Williams, the following day, Jean had been re-arrested and again detained at the Beterverwagting Police Station where she had previously been held.
Attorney-at-law Nigel Niles, who had been retained on Jean's behalf, had visited the station and requested to speak with his client but had been informed that strict instructions had been given that Jean not be allowed to communicate with anyone including an attorney.
By that time, Jean had been in custody in excess of 72 hours [three days], and after Hughes filed the motion, Justice BS Roy had directed that Police Commissioner Winston Felix appear before him yesterday and explain why Jean was being held beyond the legal time limit.