This Bill seeks to amend the Bail Act, Chap. 4:60 to make the offences of kidnapping for ransom or knowingly negotiating to obtain a ransom under the Kidnapping Act, Chap. 11:26, non-bailable offences for a period of sixty days, but thereafter bail may be granted at the discretion of the High Court.
The Bill will also make certain violent offences (including possession of a firearm or ammunition without licence, certificate or permit
under the Firearms Act, Chap. 16:01, or trafficking in a dangerous drug or being in possession of a dangerous drug for the purpose of trafficking under the Dangerous Drugs Act, Chap. 11:25, or kidnapping at common law or assault occasioning actual bodily harm) non-bailable offences where a person has been convicted on two prior occasions for any of those offences or a combination of those offences arising from a single incident.
The Act would be inconsistent with sections 4 and 5 of the Constitution and is therefore required to be passed by a special majority of three-fifths of the members of each House.