Following numerous complaints of payment for bail and cases of fraud in relations to securing of bails, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. David Asante Apeatu has cautioned citizens to desist from paying money for bail.
According to the IGP, a bail is the temporary release of a suspect from police custody in waiting for further investigations or pending court appearance. He explained that constitutionally it is unlawful for the police to detain a suspect for more than 48 hours without a court hearing and in such cases; it is the responsibility of the police to grant suspects bail.
He said,“The 1992 constitution dictates that a suspect is either charged and sent to court or allowed a bailed within 48 hours, anything aside this is criminal”.
He, however, explained situations under which a person may be fined before granting a bail stating that; a bail can either be secured through the court or through the police known as a police inquiry bail. In the case of the former, the court grants bail at its discretion subject to the Criminal Procedure Code.
Under such situations, a suspect maybe fined before a bail is granted.
Aside from this, the right of a suspect to secure a free bail is enshrined and protected by the 1992 constitution of Ghana. The IGP made these assertions in an interaction with the media.
By: Elliot Ayertey Nuertey/universnewsroom