By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
EXUMA resident Terry Bain, spokesman for the Save The Exuma Park (STEP) committee, was arrested by police in Farmer’s Cay yesterday.
His wife Ernestine told The Tribune three officers came to their restaurant at Ocean Cabin and took her husband into custody around 4pm.
Mrs Bain believes his arrest is connected with his ongoing opposition to the dredging and excavation at the Bell Island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
“He has been speaking out and doing a lot of shows on the radio educating Bahamians on what has been going on in the Exuma Land and Sea Park,” she said.
Mrs Bain has contacted a lawyer for her husband.
She claims officers had informed her that Environment Minister Earl Deveaux had brought charges against Bain.
When The Tribune contacted Police at Farmer’s Cay yesterday to inquire about Bain’s arrest, an officer identified as Constable Rolle confirmed he had been arrested by CDU officers and was en route by boat to the Police Station at George Town, Exuma.
When asked the nature of his arrest, Constable Rolle said he could not disclose the reasons for Bain’s arrest. He directed The Tribune to speak with police at George Town.
However, when The Tribune contacted the George Town Police Station, an officer said they did not know the reason for Bain’s arrest and were still awaiting the arrival of the arresting officers and Bain from Farmer’s Cay.
Bain, an Exuma environmental activist, has called for development in all national parks to be banned.
He has criticised the Bahamas National Trust for not opposing dredging and excavation at Bell Island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park.
Protesters are outraged at the granting of permission to dredge and excavate more than 13 acres of land and seabed around Bell Island in the Exuma park.