Attorney General Faris Al Rawi on Tuesday piloted the Anti-Gang Bill in the House.
The bill is aimed at gangs throughout the country and this time around, it included some important changes, among them the requirement of police to have a warrant to enter and search premises.
The bill also seeks to remove the special majority vote needed for passage; the removal of the sunset clause – which stipulates when a bill would end- which the previous formats had and requires police to have warrants to enter and search premises.
The Anti-gang bill also seeks to provides for the detention of people for 48 hours as opposed to 72. However a judge’s approval will be required for longer detentions and attorneys will be able to file writs of habeas corpus to challenge detentions. Forfeiture of culprits’ property will also be sought via the Proceeds of Crime act.
Al-Rawi said the rapid growth of gangs has made the need for the bill urgent due to social damage.