The trio were yesterday arrested for disorderly behaviour and resisting arrest during an illegal protest outside the office of the Commissioner of Police, Eve Leary.
Their lawyer, Khemraj Ramjattan showed up after their detention, pleaded on their behalf and said that bail was expected at 3pm yesterday.
However, up to press time, the men were still in police custody.
The three men were holding a three-man protest outside Henry Greene’s office during the Police Awards ceremony.
At Brickdam Police Station, Lewis and Benschop were overheard singing the hymn “What a friend we have in Jesus” and the “Lord is my Shepherd” while in the enquiries office.
We later learnt that the three men refused the offer of bail in the sum of $50,000 and preferred to remain in custody.
Later in the evening a few of their relatives and friends assembled outside the Brickdam Lock-ups chanting and singing rather noisily. Benschop was heard communicating with persons outside which we were told constituted an offence.
Earlier in the year Benschop had blocked traffic along the Berbice Bridge after refusing to pay the fare and was subsequently placed before the courts. Known for his often outlandish and scandalous remarks during his hosting of the "Straight-Up" TV programme on HBTV Channel 9 and also for the filming of a tape by then wanted man Andrew Douglas in which he claimed to be a Freedom Fighter, Benschop came to prominence after he incited persons during a protest outside of Office the President to storm the Presidential compound.
This resulted in the death of 2 persons and injury to many others including government workers and Presidential Guards stationed at O.P.