Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Guyana nationals still being held in N.B.

Friday, January 26, 2007

A 40-year-old woman and 17-year-old boy from the South American country of Guyana are still being held by the Canada Border Services Agency in New Brunswick Friday, after their arrest on Monday.

Both are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. Immigration laws after the RCMP arrested them while they were allegedly attempting to illegally enter the United States near St. Stephen. The two are being detained on Canadian soil because they were arrested in Canada.

Three New Brunswick men from the St. Stephen area, who were also arrested in connection with this case, have been released on bail.

Their next court appearance is Feb. 13th.

The Guyanese woman, Deoranie Ramkissoon, and the boy, who can't be named, had separate immigration hearings by teleconference Wednesday morning.

"The detention was ordered continued this morning at the review of detention on the ground that they would not be likely to appear for immigration matters," said Charles Hawkins, spokesman for the Immigration and Refugee Board.

"If they remain in Canada on Jan. 31st there will be another review of detention to determine again whether or not they would remain in detention."