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ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel.

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AG hints at Bail Act change

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel suggested yesterday the government may reconsider previous amendments to the Bail Act which withdrew the authority to grant bail in certain offences from magistrates.

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60 per cent drop in use of nolle prosequis

THE use of nolle prosequi orders to hack away at the backlog of criminal matters before the courts decreased by more than 60 percent in 2017 compared with the previous year, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday.

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Bethel acts to address marital rape

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel told The Tribune yesterday an amendment to the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act has been drafted in response to widespread calls from the public for the Minnis administration to criminalise marital rape.

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28 deaths - but still no inquests

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said yesterday the lack of inquests into police-involved killings and in-custody deaths over a number of years is “distressing” and “unacceptable” and his administration will deal with the matter aggressively.

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Marital agenda comments put issue on govt's agenda

EXPRESSING surprise at comments made by a representative of the United Nations on marital rape over the weekend, Attorney General Carl Bethel said yesterday that though the issue was not on the government’s radar previously, “now it is”.“Everybody ha

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$250k limit not open door for residency

THE government’s decision to place the investment threshold of the Commercial Enterprises Bill to $250,000 was made to prevent a potential run on permanent residency status by investors, Attorney General Carl Bethel suggested in the Senate yesterday.

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One year deadline to hand over foreign jobs

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday said for every foreigner given a work permit under the Commercial Enterprises Bill, a Bahamian must be trained for that position within a year.

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Enterprise Bill ‘will be made law’

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday made it clear that government intends to pass the Commercial Enterprises Bill into law in its current form.

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AG warns against false advisory on social media monitoring

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel yesterday warned against a viral false advisory on social media monitoring.Mr Bethel, Minister of Legal Affairs, said the anonymous and untrue posting was also circulated widely before the 2017 general elections.He noted

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Pledge to protect whistleblowers

THE MINNIS administration is seeking to immediately implement protections for whistleblowers in the Freedom of Information Act,  despite not having a date as to when the entire legislation will be revised and fully enacted, according to Attorney General Carl Bethel.

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AG: Caribbean Court has not departed from Privy Council on death penalty

ANYONE who thinks adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice as the Bahamas' final court of appeal in order to circumvent the Privy Council's "disciplines" on the death penalty will be "sorely disappointed", according to Attorney General Carl Bethel.

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FNM in spy bill change

THE Minnis Administration will amend its Interception of Communication Bill to ensure the Minister of National Security does not have the power to authorize use of listening devices, Attorney General Carl Bethel announced in the Senate yesterday.

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AG: Bahamas ‘in danger’ over money launder flaws

The Attorney General yesterday slammed deficiencies in this nation’s anti-money laundering regime as “entirely unacceptable”, warning they had put the Bahamas “in great danger”.

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Bethel plays down end of Laroda appointment on disclosures process

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel suggested yesterday that the expiration of Myles Laroda’s appointment as chairman of the Public Disclosure Commission does not affect the government’s ongoing process to have delinquent parliamentarians and senators file

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'20,000 people' without indoor toilet facilities

BEFORE the Minnis administration rolls out legislation to regulate its inner-city incentives plan - an initiative which was a part of its 2017 campaign - the government plans to carry out an intense study of Over-the-Hill areas taking into account ve

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‘Growing list’ for director of prosecutions

ATTORNEY General Carl Bethel said yesterday there is a “growing list” before the director of public prosecutions of allegations of misconduct, misfeasance and misappropriation concerning situations that occurred under the former Christie administration.

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