Mon | Dec 11, 2017

PM calls for support of law that denies bail to persons accused of murder, illegal gun possession

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 6:17 PM
Prime Minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party addressing the party's annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston earlier today.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says advocates of justice should support the passage of laws that seek to deny bail to persons accused of murder or caught with an illegal weapon.

Mr Holness told Labourites who gathered at the party's annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston this afternoon that it pained his heart to see the many Jamaicans mourning the lives of relatives who have been murdered.

He says there should be justice for all and those advocating for such should also include the relatives of persons who have been murdered.

As part of efforts to curtail the country's spiralling murder rate, the Prime Minister says the Parliament should pass laws to deny bail to persons accused of having illegal guns and murder.

Speaking earlier at the conference, National Security Minister Robert Montague says 143 persons have been killed by persons who were granted bail for other offences.

Mr Montague says that will change when he takes a Bill seeking to make it legal to deny these persons bail is brought to Parliament for approval.

He didn't say when the Bill will be brought Parliament for approval.