The President of the National Democratic Movement, NDM, Peter Townsend says any amendment to the Bail Act must be done to protect the rights of Jamaican citizens.

Earlier this month, Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams indicated that he would be pushing for an amendment to the Act, where criminal suspects could be arrested and granted bail, before formal charges are laid against them.

Mr. Townsend says that in its current form, the Bail Act facilitates the abuse of citizens’ rights by the police.

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