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Supreme Court rules: Rape, murder, narcotics now bailable offences

The Supreme Court has in a landmark ruling asserted that crimes such as rape, murder and narcotics are no longer non-bailable offences in Ghana.

The highest court by a 5-2 Majority decision on Thursday May 5, struck out Section 96(7) of Act 30 proclaiming the law on non-bailable offences unconstitutional.

Per the ruling, a court that has jurisdiction to try murder, rape, treason, piracy, defilement and others has jurisdiction to grant bail. It however behoves on the court to set the appropriate conditions.

The breakthrough ruling comes after a private lawyer, Martin Kpebu filed a suit on 16 February 2015, pleading the Supreme Court to declare that Section 96(7) of the Criminal Procedure and Juvenile Justice Act is unconstitutional.

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