Despite calls from the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago for the Bail (Amendment) Bill 2015 to be repealed, the government is defending the recent passage of the legislation in the parliament.
In the House of Representatives, 36 Members of Parliament, including those on the Opposition side, voted in favour of the bill.
However, in the Senate recently, Independent Senators Elton Prescott SC, Helen Drayton and temporary Senator Dr. Aysha Edwards voted against the new measures.
The Bill guarantees a 120 day stay in jail for anyone, over 18, charged with being in possession of or using a firearm unlawfully.
In a statement this week the Law Association said the legislation goes against the constitution and too draconian.
Speaking with reporters this afternoon following the distribution of keys to HDC homes to 100 differently abled persons at the Southern Academy of the Performing Arts in San Fernando, Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar said the legislation is vital in fighting crime.
She admitted that the government is aware of concerns raised surrounding the legislation and measures were taken to find a proper balance.
Prime Minister, Kamla Persad Bissessar
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