There are mixed reactions this afternoon to Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte’s announcement that the Government will make radical legislative changes in response to crime and violence.
Mrs. Malahoo Forte told Parliament yesterday that some of the changes will infringe on the fundamental rights of Jamaicans.
She says the administration is considering amending the Bail Act to deny some murder accused bail. Mrs. Malahoo Forte also disclosed that the government is considering abolishing the jury trials for non-capital murders.
Veteran Criminal Defence Attorney Bert Samuels is among members of the defence bar dissatisfied with the announcement of the Attorney General.
Mr. Samuels says Mrs. Malahoo Forte should withdraw her comments.
Mr. Samuels is also against the Government’s move to contemplate the abolition of jury trials.
But retired crime fighter Reneto Adams disagrees with Mr. Samuels. Adams, who was once known as the country’s most feared crime fighter, says Jury trials should be a thing of the past.
Mr. Adams is recommending that instead of Jury trials amendments be made to allow for more Judges to preside over a trial.
Meanwhile, former Contractor General, Greg Christie, says the Government must be supported if it takes bold action to tackle violent crime and corruption.
Christie made his views known as debate intensified on social media today about an announcement by Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte that the Government will be making legislative changes which may affect some of the fundamental rights of Jamaicans.
According to Mr. Christie, it must be understood that decisive actions and not mere talk are required to overcome the country’s problems.
He says Jamaica needs bold and transformational leadership or else crime and corruption will have painful consequences for foreign direct investments and economic growth.
Mr. Christie says it must also be understood by all that Jamaica must begin now to decisively and effectively attack crime if a better future is to be secured.
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