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Govt may consider tightening bail system & Criminal Procedure Code

The government may consider tightening Singapore's bail system and the Criminal Procedure Code. Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said regular reviews are done on these laws.

SINGAPORE: The government may consider tightening Singapore's bail system and the Criminal Procedure Code.

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran said regular reviews are done on these laws.

He was responding to parliamentary questions on whether the Penal Code and other criminal legislation are adequate to protect Singaporeans from crimes committed by foreigners against them.

This is in light of high profile cases of foreign suspects who had absconded.

Mr Iswaran emphasised that all accused persons and victims, whether they are Singaporeans or foreigners, are treated equally under Singapore laws.

"When setting bail conditions, the police and the courts take a variety of factors into account to assess the flight risk of the accused.

"These include the gravity of the offence, the extent of the accused person's roots in Singapore and whether the person has attempted to abscond previously.

"Ultimately, given that guilt is yet to be established by the courts, a balance has to be struck between ensuring that the accused person will be present to face charges, and not unduly curbing his movement," Mr Iswaran said.

Source: CNA/ck

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