A bill to restrict bail for certain criminal offences will be presented in Parliament by the Minister of Justice, Batty Weerakoon, soon.
The Justice Minister has obtained Cabinet approval for the amendment of the Bail Act No. 30 of 1997 for better administration of Criminal Justice and to make law enforcement more effective.
The inclusion of the new section will define non-bailable offences, which include a host of crimes such as rape, grave sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of children, abuse and trafficking of children. According to the new law it will be mandatory for Magistrates to remand suspects charged until the conclusion of the trial.
However, the bail could be ordered at the discretion of the Magistrate, if proceedings are not instituted within three months. For offences that are not in the schedule the Magistrate will be empowered to detain a person for a period of 15 days and release him thereafter.
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