Thursday 27 June, 2019

Bail Amendment Bill passed in Senate

The Bail (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in the Upper House on Tuesday.

A total of 24 Senators, 15 Government and nine Independent, voted in favour of the Bill while the 6 Opposition Senators voted against.

The Bail Amendment Bill seeks to deny bail for 120 days, to a person charged with a listed offence that is punishable for a term of imprisonment of ten years or more. This includes firearm related offences as well as addresses repeat offenders charged with offences listed in Part II of the Schedule to the Act. 

Presently, anyone who is apprehended with a firearm could be released on bail.

The debate will continue on Wednesday.

 

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