Former detainee Islamic scholar Ashmead Choate spent his first day home after his release resting and catching up with his family after spending almost two weeks in custody. Choate was one of 16 men detained under the Emergency Power Regulations 2011. At his his home yesterday at Choate's Cragnish Road, Princes Town, his son, Ashmead Jr, said his father was not at home. He, however, agreed to a brief interview. His father, he said, spent the day resting and was not seeing visitors. Ashmead added: "He is tired. He was in jail for two weeks without a charge and he is obviously tired. He is trying to regain a semblance of self.
"They painted something ugly about him which is not who he really is. He never got a speeding ticket in his life, nor has he committed any criminal offences." He said when his father came home on Monday, "we were overwhelmed and overjoyed." Ashmead said even after his father's experience, "I do not fear an injustice from Government in this matter. "At the end of the day we put our trust in God as the honourable Prime Minister would often say. "I put my trust in Allah and I fear no injustices. I believe that Allah will protect us." He said his father needed a couple of days to relax. Ashmead said since his father's release the family had been swamped with visitors coming to show their support.