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Actual Return for the Quarter
This notice serves as official legal
notice to the parents of Stefan Phillip
Creeden -- Diane Phillip (mother)
and Brensley Phillip Creeden
(father) -- of custody proceedings
where custody of Stefan Phillip
Creeden will be determined solely
belonging to Peggy Ann Beauchamp
in the Juvenile Court for Hamilton
County, Tennessee located at 1600
East Third Street, Chattanooga,
Tennessee, 37404 on December 5,
The Immigration Division is seeking Cabinet s
approval to spend $2.5 million to charter a pri-
vate jet to deport an illegal immigrant from
Ghana who has failed in his bid to stay in T&T
while seeking permanent residency through his
wife and three-year-old son.
The department is being forced to fork out the
sum as Musah Ibrahim has repeatedly refused to
sign visa applications required for proposed com-
According to an affidavits filed by acting chief
immigration officer Gerry Downes to support his
application to vary a September 30 deportation
deadline set by a High Court judge, the only
chartered flight the department has found will
be available at the end of the month.
"Chartering flights is not a routine thing. It
has only been done once in the past, in 2009,
so apart from getting the money, I had to revise
what special arrangements needed to be made
and then put them into effect," Downes said.
During a hearing in the Port-of-Spain High
Court yesterday, Justice Vasheist Kokaram accept-
ed complications raised by the department and
changed the deadline to November 6.
There are no direct commercial flights to Ghana
but Downes explained that indirect routes with
connecting flights through Brazil and South Africa
were available at a fraction of the cost.
"That requires three plane tickets, because the
carriers will not accept a deportee unless he is
accompanied by at least two escorts, and the
cost of that is a little over $150,000," Downes
To make optimum use of the hefty sum, which
represents more than a half of the department s
budget allocation for approximately 100 depor-
tations a year, it is trying to expedite deportation
lawsuits filed by immigrants from several other
West African states, including Ghana and Nigeria,
who will possibly accompany Ibrahim on the
In opposing bail for Ibrahim to return to his
family pending his deportation, Downes referred
to his constant refusal to comply with the depart-
ment s requests to sign the necessary travel doc-
uments and the fact his wife, Ashley, is encour-
aging his ongoing action.
$2.5m to deport Ghanian
"If he is put on such an order, all he will need
to do to avoid being deported is fail to report for
the flight and avoid arrest until it is gone which
I believe will not just be likely, but inevitable,
given his attitude and past conduct," Downes said.
Kokaram agreed and refused the request.
Ibrahim was represented by Farid Scoon and
Richard Isaac, while Rajiv Chaitoo represented
the Immigration Department.
Ibrahim, from Accra, Ghana, has admitted
to entering Trinidad illegally in May 2009.
According to an affidavit from his wife,
Ashley, with whom he lived with at Second
Street, Barataria, before his arrest, Ibrahim
wrote to the Ministry of National Security
in March last year, seeking permission to
leave the country and re-enter officially to
begin his residency application.
His wife said after consulting a member
of staff at the Immigration Department's
Port-of-Spain office, her husband decided
to go ahead.
On April 2, last year, Ibrahim was
arrested at Pier One, Chaguaramas, while
boarding a boat bound for Venezuela with
his son, Jamal. He was charged with
entering the country through an illegal port
of entry and was taken to the Port-of-
Spain Magistrates Court.
After pleading guilty, Ibrahim was
ordered to be deported and was handed a
$5,000 fine which his wife paid.
Ashley claimed since being sentenced,
her husband has been "inflicted with the
most cruel and inhumane form of
punishment" at the Immigration Detention
Centre, Aripo, which culminated in a recent
incident with guards that reportedly left
him with a cracked skull.
He has been isolated from other
detainees after he suffered head injuries in
the alleged altercation with staff on July
22.The incident reportedly prompted
Ashley, whom he married in 2010, to file a
writ of habeas corpus before Kokaram and
to seek to convince the judge to reverse
the deportation order against him.
While Kokaram ruled in favour of the
Immigration Department, he ruled it was
obligated to deport Ibrahim within a
As part of his ruling on August 2,
Kokaram granted Ibrahim a conditional
release if the department was unable to
deport him by September 30.
Police officers walk
under a ceiling of
umbrellas at the
Festival Village of the
Forum titled The
Village of the 8 Gates-
the Coming Together
opening at Hart
PHOTO: CLYDE LEWIS
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