Government seeks Opposition support to extend 'no-bail' law by another two-years

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 20:00

Government is seeking to extend the law that denies bail for some crimes involving gang activity, kidnapping and the illegal possession of firearms, by another two years.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and the Office of the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Stuart Young told today's post-Cabinet news conference that the legislation will expire on August 14th.

The legislation was brought to the Parliament by the former UNC-regime and supported by the Opposition PNM.

The Minister told today's media conference that Government intends to seek the Opposition’s support for the extension of these provisions as the legislation requires a special three-fifths majority vote. 

He says the Government will bring the Miscellaneous Provisions (Anti-Gang and Bail) Bill 2016 before the Parliament goes on recess.

It will seek to extend the law until August 2018.