Monday, January 22, 2018

Bill seeks to have all deportees take DNA test



Mark Fraser

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has said the Government is adamant that all deportees will have to give DNA samples.

He was winding up the debate on the Administration of Justice Bill in the House of Representatives at the International Waterfront Centre in Port of Spain on Monday.

Ramlogan said the larger the DNA database the greater the likelihood of the police solving crime and raising the detection rate. Ramlogan turned down the Opposition request to limit the giving of DNA samples to those deportees who had been convicted of a crime.

However, Ramlogan said there were times when people got off on a criminal charge on the basis of a technicality. The bill was passed, without Opposition support.

As the session moves to a close, the House of Representatives also passed four other bills on Monday—the Land Tenants (Security of Tenure) Amendment Bill, the Hindu Credit Union Bill, the Prisons Bill 2014 and the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act were passed.

The Opposition voted in favour of these measures.

All these bills will be debated in the Senate on June 24 and July 1.

The Parliament must be prorogued by August 1 and all legislation on the Order Paper, which has not been passed by then, will lapse.