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Sep 5, 2018

Amendment to Gang Legislation Makes it Difficult for suspects to get bail

John Saldivar

In recent times, there has been an increase in persons accused of murder, who go before the court, secure bail and get their release.  Minister of National Security John Saldivar says that an amendment to the gang legislation was tabled at last Friday’s house meeting to make it difficult for bad elements to get bail. He says the laws are also being revised. 

 

John Saldivar, Minister of National Security

“With the amendment that was tabled in the house on Friday that will add restrictions to the ability of magistrates and the court to give bail, we believe that we will then be in position to further incarcerate these gang leaders who insist in creating havoc in our society using the gang legislation.”

 

Reporter

“This year alone, there have been so many accused murders who have walked off—not government’s fault, but because of the backlog and because of all that—looking at perhaps the function of the D.P.P.’s Office. We have all seen cases where the case goes to court after so many years and then witness noh show up, the prosecutors are so overworked, overwhelmed that they don’t even remember which case they di do. Things like that in terms of the allocation of resources to the judiciary. We know the conviction rate because a lot of people out there feel like these criminals are acting the way they are and they have gotten brazen because there is a reasonable chance that a good lawyer will be able to get them off or maybe they sit behind bars for a little while, but they will walk eventually…”

 

John Saldivar

“Only yesterday in cabinet we discussed a series of amendments that are being proposed by the Attorney General’s Office in an attempt to clean up some of the laws that we have on the books. Those will be presented at the next meeting of the National Assembly and he has assured us that his team at the Attorney General’s Office is working on a slew of reforms in terms of exactly what you have said. So I know that the Attorney General’s Office is working on those improvements to our laws.”

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