By Anita Nembhard
Free Lance Reporter
Mark Sewell, one of three brothers charged by US authorities for drug trafficking, arrived at the Supreme Court shackled hand and foot, but he left the court a free man after an epic struggle to avoid deportation to the States.
Sewell has been languishing in jail for six years as extradition hearings dragged on.
Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin put an end to the back & forth by ruling that the US warrant for habeas corpus was defective.
The case was argued passionately by Queen’sCounsel Ben Cooper, recruited from the United Kingdom and Belizean attorneys Bryan Neal and Anthony Sylvester.
Chief Justice Benjamin ruled that the the US warrant did not comply with the statutory schedule of the Extradition Act.
“The fact that he was held on such a warrant was a breach of his constitutional rights”, he declared.
When he was told that he is free to go, Sewell seemed stunned by the suddenness of it all. Immediately his GSU guards melted into the background.
“I am going to Brodies”, he told the hovering press, but made a right turn towards the Swing Bridge. The obliging press quickly pointed out that Brodies was in the opposite direction, and Sewell made the correction.
He went to buy meat pies.