National Security Minister, Robert Montague says nearly 30-percent of accused persons commit other crimes while out on bail.

The Minister’s comments come in the wake of the government’s plan to amend the Bail Act to make persons charged with murder ineligible for bail under certain circumstances.

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Several defense attorneys have come out against the move to amend the Bail Act.

Speaking with Nationwide News last month, Attorney Peter Champagnie argued that it’s unconstitutional, and questioned whether there was any data to support the claim that many accused persons reoffend while on bail.

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However, Minister Montague says the ease with which offenders are granted bail is one of the major problems leading to several re-offences.

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He was addressing a Rotary Club meeting at the Pegasus Hotel yesterday.

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