WINAD claims Police Commissioner unfairly attacked magistrate

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    An NGO believes recent criticism leveled against a judicial officer by the Police Commissioner is unfair.

    The “Women’s Institute for Alternative Development” says the Top Cop attacked the officer for granting bail to someone charged with possession of firearms.

    However, it claims the accused was charged for being in possession of firearm components and there was nothing to suggest that the components formed parts of AR15 assault rifles.

    It says based on the information before the Court the Magistrate was not acting outside of his powers or contrary to law in granting bail.

    The NGO says the judicial officer has been unfairly subjected to the fury of the Police Commissioner.

    The institute also made a passing comment about the National Security Minister who it claims called for more support from the judiciary.

    A response was given by Minister Stuart Young who insists that there have never been any attempts to politicize the courts.

    He says, however, the body is not above fair comments.