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Thursday, 09 June 2016 18:46

Gov't seeks to extend Bail legislation for two years

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The Government will bring the Miscellaneous Provisions, Anti-Gang and Bail Bill, 2016 to the Parliament in a few short weeks.

According to Minister in the Ministry of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs, Mr. Stuart Young, this is essentially to extend the existing law under which persons charged with certain serious crimes like kidnapping, gang related crimes and fire arm possession are not eligible for bail - thereby giving the Prosecution 120 days to bring evidence and commence the State's case, failing which the accused can then apply for bail.

He said the Government believes this piece of legislation is a necessary crime-fighting tool.

"You have a lot of repeat offences taking place, especially with respect to the illegal possession and use of firearms and Anti-Gang legislation. What we think is that this should continue so we are bringing legislation into Parliament in a short time frame and I am going to be speaking to the Opposition between today and tomorrow to solicit their support to extend these provisions for two years. So what we are doing is seeking to extend the provisions until August 2018 to allow the law enforcement agencies as well as the prosecutorial arms to have the ability of no eligibility for bail for these offences continuing for the next two year period."

The Legal Affairs Minister said the PNM, when in Opposition, supported the People's Partnership to pass the Bail Amendment Bill and so now they expect Opposition support required for the Special Majority.

"This is something that you would be seeing coming to Parliament for the next few weeks for debate and we really hope that the Opposition will be a responsible Opposition, especially as when they were the Government we supported it when we were in Opposition and that they will be continue to be responsible because this is not a tool that is of this administration. It is a tool that we believe, and law enforcement believe is significant in the fight against crime which affects all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago."

He said the Government will bring the Bail Bill 2016 to be debated in the House very soon.

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