Two years after Government sought to make it more difficult for people charged with murder and gun crimes to be out on the streets, a High Court judge has declared that the amendment to the Bail Act is unconstitutional.
However, Justice Shona Griffith hastened to add that her decision did not mean that “150 persons are going to suddenly fall within the class of having been unlawfully detained”.
“Clearly, short of the time period and the availability of wider grounds upon which the application for bail can be considered, there would be nothing affected in terms of the lawfulness of a person’s detention,” she said yesterday.
In an immediate reaction, Attorney General Dale Marshall expressed disappointment with the judge’s ruling, but declared it would not stop the Government from doing all in its lawful power to make the island safe. (HLE)
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