Yvonne Hinds, the wife of Prime Minister Sam Hinds, this evening released a statement explaining her role in a custody case in US courts involving her son.
The edited statement follows:
“Of recent I have noticed, a lot of misleading, false and malicious information, being peddled (by persons with their own agenda), about my involvement in a recent court matter involving my grandson and his parents.
“My son went to the USA on a student visa – his wife’s status was that of a spouse of a student. My son after successfully completing his studies must return to his country of origin. His wife refused to return to Guyana, as a result my son filed for custody of his son, since it would not be in the best interest of the child to stay with a parent who is an illegal alien.
“During the custody hearing on October 11th 2011, the judge ruled in favor of the father, granting him temporary custody of the child. The child should have been handed over to the father on October 11th 2011, however, my daughter-in-law disobeyed the order of the court and she was summoned on October 31st 2011 to show why she was in contempt of the judge’s order… At the end of the 31st October 2011 hearing, the judge did not find the testimony of my daughter- in- law credible, so the judge’s order of October 11, 2011 was REAFFIRMED.
The father’s petition for return of the child was GRANTED. My daughter-in-law was ordered by the judge to return the child immediately to his father, who was in the process of departing the USA at the end of his period of study. I returned home to Guyana un-hindered by the American authorities.
“This account of the custody hearing is factual and faithfully reflects what took place in the court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
“Any attempt to distort the ruling of the court in this matter, to paint the judge’s orders otherwise, or to discredit my family will be pursued to the fullest extent of the law.”