Written by Zulfick Farzan
11 Apr, 2020 | 3:07 pm
There are approximately 5,000 remandees for minor offences across prisons in the country, and this figure excludes those related to drug offences.
The Attorney General said he issued guidelines based on the request made by the Secretary to the President to take relevant steps as there is a health risk due to overcrowding and congestion at remand prisons in the country.
The Attorney General says remandees under three separate categories will not qualify to receive bail.
Category 01 :
Remandees facing charges in terms of the;
* Firearms Ordinance (possession of an automatic weapon)
* Explosives Ordinance
* Offensive Weapons Act
* Offences against Public Property Act
* Prevention of Terrorism Act
* Prevention of Money Laundering Act
* Section 296 of the Penal Code
* Section 380 and 383 of the Penal Code
* Assistance to the Protection of Victims of Crimes and Witnesses Act
* Prevention of Domestic Violence Act
* Prevention of Torture Act
* Prevention of Terrorist Finance Act
* Immigration and Emigration Act
Category 02 : Habitual Offenders
Category 03 : Island Re-convicted Criminals or IRCs
The Attorney General said all other remandees who have been in remand custody for other offences for over three months shall qualify to be released on bail.
Further, Remandees who are in custody for minor offences where the prescribed sentence is less than 02 years Rigorous Imprisonment shall qualify to be released on bail if they have been in custody for over a period of one month.
The Attorney General said remandees who are released should be closely monitored by the respective police stations where the remandees reside.
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