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.
The police commissioner is expected to meet soon with the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT), to discuss the possibility of rogue attorneys facilitating criminal acts.
The LATT recently wrote to the top cop, advising him to charge any lawyers that were deliberately breaking the law.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith is appealing to the authorities to reconsider the minimal bail clause, after a 19-year-old man who was arrested with nine high powered rifles was granted half a million dollars bail this week.
The Commissioner's office issued a statement about the matter this morning. Here is the full appeal made by Commissioner Griffith.
Former government minister Marlene McDonald’s long-time companion Michael Carew and another man charged alongside the couple for corruption and money laundering, encountered yet another obstacle on Tuesday in accessing bail.
Sources at the Port-of-Spain Magistrates’ Court told Guardian Media that the Clerk of the Peace yesterday rejected the two potential bailors who were selected to secure their bail.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith has revealed that there are “over 50 shooters, linked to various gangs” in this country who are responsible for the “significant number of homicides, via gang activity.”
In a statement released to the media on Monday, the Commissioner said this is the reason why the Bail Amendment Bill is a “critical tool” in being a strong deterrent and ensuring that when criminals are held they remain behind bars.
Two police officers charged under the Anti-Gang Act were granted bail of close to $300,000 in total to cover all offences when they appeared before Magistrate Joanne Connor at the Arima Magistrate's Court shortly before three o'clock this afternoon.
Police-constable Angelo Cedeno, 40, of Jitman Drive, Arouca was charged with misbehaviour in public office which allegedly occurred something between December 31, 2017, and July 1, 2018, for trafficking cocaine and ammunition.
Two men appeared before a Chaguanas Magistrate today, charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.
Javed Hosein, 40, of Gasparillo and Shazard Hannif, 30, of St Helena Village, were jointly charged with the offence when they appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude in the Chaguanas 1st Magistrates’ Court.
The accused were not called upon to plead as charges were laid indictably.
Bail was granted in the sum of $5 million with surety.
Two of four men who appeared before an Arima magistrate charged under the new Anti-Gang Legislation Act may have benefited from an error after being granted bail.
Police officers said they were baffled after Magistrate Jo-Anne Connor granted bail to Kenson Williams and Kevon McIntyre although the new legislation now specifically states it is a non-bailable offence.
A Mayo teenager, accused of breaking into 12 homes during a two-month period has been denied bail.
Brandon Thompson, who turned 18 in April was arrested on Saturday and charged with ten offences of housebreaking and larceny, two house breaking with intent, resisting arrest and escaping lawful custody.
When Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine read the 14 charges to him in the San Fernando First Court, Thompson initially pleaded guilty to 11 of the house breaking charges.
Two police officers have been warned to have no contact with a man who has alleged that they stole money from him.
The warning was given to Police Constables Shazard Ali, 29, and Sadeeq Hosein, 27, as a condition of their bail when they appeared in the Chaguanas Magistrates Court on Monday charged with misbehaviour in public office.
The officers who were attached to the Cunupia Police Station at the time of the allegation were granted $100,000 surety bail by a Justice of the Peace at the Central Police Station on Saturday.