GIS - 22 October, 2015: The Prime minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, recalled in the National Assembly on October 20 that the Government Programme 2015-2019 mentions for the proposed introduction of a modern legal framework modelled on the UK Police and Criminal Evidence Act to address the abusiveness and arbitrariness of the present system of “Provisional Charges”.
This was stated the Prime Minister’s Question Time in the National Assembly pertaining on alleged arbitrary arrests.
The Prime Minister underscored that in view of the sensitive and complex nature of the issue, it is imperative to have wide consultations with all stakeholders before introducing a new Bill in the National Assembly. This consultation process, which will take some time, will start as soon as the fresh draft Bill is finalised by the Attorney-General’s Office, he added.
He also underlined that as announced in the Government Programme, an Independent Police Complaints Commission will be set up and it is expected, among others, to act as a deterrent to any abuse from the Police, including arbitrary arrests. The relevant legislation is presently being drafted by the Attorney-General’s Office, he concluded.
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