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Suspects with minor offences to be released on bond

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Jane Frances Abodo, has directed police to release all arrested suspects with minor offences to curb the spread of covid 19 pandemic in its second wave. 

The Director of Public Prosecutions, Jane Frances Abodo, has directed police to release all arrested suspects with minor offences to curb the spread of covid 19 pandemic in its second wave. 

This directive follows the new Ministry of Health guidelines on Covid-19 issued on June 6 2021 to fight spread of the virus in the country.

Abodo informed the police that they have to ensure all inquiries are complete before sanctioning any charges and should not object bail.

“With regard to cases arising from the enforcement of measures and efforts to curtail the spread of Covid-19, determine whether a triable offence under the law has been committed, ensure that inquiries are complete before sanctioning any charges, sanction cases where there is sufficient evidence against a suspect and do not object bail…,” she said.

Abodo ordered that registry staff shall display the phone numbers and emails addresses of the complainants, management officers for the 42 days in order to observe the standard operating procedures.

“The registry staff shall avail or display the phone numbers and email addresses of the complainants, management officers as well as the heads of stations. Officers in charge of field stations are to designate a staff member to receive correspondences where possible…,” she noted.

She added, “Staff retained at office premises should adhere to the Ministry of Health guidelines to frequently wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or sanitise. Staff are advised and encouraged to go for vaccination at the designated vaccination centres,” she noted.

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