Kamla: “No Bail Bill support without our amendments…”

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 - 06:30

The Opposition Leader says she and her party will not support Government's Bail Amendment Bill this Wednesday in its current form.

Kamla Persad-Bissessar argues that the current Bill allows for persons to be framed by police, or unfairly denied bail just by being at the wrong place and the wrong time.

In paying respects to former Vision on Mission head, Wayne Chance, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said he believed that people need a second chance. She said while the UNC is committed to fighting crime it does not intend to lock people away and throw away the key.

She said the government is attempting to pass the Bill this Wednesday but it will need Opposition support, which they are willing to give, once particular amendments are included.

The Opposition Leader said if the bill is passed as is, it will mean that if you happen to be in a home where a gun is found, then everyone in that home will be arrested and bail denied for 120 days—even if you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

She also argues that corrupt police officers can plant a weapon on you and automatically bail can be denied, "so this law will allow someone who spitting you to plant something on you."

Mrs Persad-Bissessar said the amendment they are seeking is that only if a person has a prior conviction should bail be denied.

She also said she can already predict that the Government will say the UNC is supporting criminals, but maintains her party is committed to passing good law and to protecting the rights of citizens.