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Six anti-crime bills, which have been delayed passage in the House of Representatives since 2008 due to a lack of consensus, are to be reintroduced within the next few weeks.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding gave this undertaking during his contribution to the 2010/11 Budget Debate at Gordon House today (April 20).
“I hope that in the new spirit of cooperation and in the heightened anxiety that crime has created, we will be able to find the consensus to do what needs to be done,” he said.
Anti-gang legislation is also to be brought to Parliament, to enable law enforcement agencies to more effectively dismantle criminal gangs.
“Today’s criminal networks did not exist when the existing law enforcement powers were created. The spanner we have was never made to fit the nut we have to crack,” Mr. Golding asserted.
He said the regulations that will provide for the use of plea bargaining are also to be confirmed, so that “this important tool” can be brought to bear in solving crime. He added that this will play a significant role, but the suspect has to be apprehended before he can be invited to bargain a plea.
Mr. Golding noted the recent passage of the Bill establishing the Independent Commission of Investigations. He assured that the body will be in place shortly, and will bring a new sense of transparency and accountability to the conduct of the security forces and the protection of the rights of the citizens.
Meanwhile, legislation to facilitate the use of DNA evidence has been drafted and is to come to Parliament later this year.
“That is a critical tool both for convicting the guilty and ensuring that the innocent is not convicted,” Mr. Golding said.

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