Police told to explain remandees’ absence

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A MAGISTRATE has told police to explain why people remanded in custody are not brought to court for the cases.
Boroko District Court Magistrate Tracy Ganai told Chief Sergeant Ray Mision, the officer in charge of the police station cells in the National Capital District, to explain why most of the prisoners who were supposed to be in custody never appeared in court.
“Why aren’t this people coming to court? Report on the status of this people that should be in the cells. The court would like to know,” Ganai said.
“Who is responsible for making sure defendants come to court?
“It’s becoming a trend where accused persons are not appearing in court and the prosecutions does not know the status of their records.
“On the returnable date, the accused doesn’t show up.
“The warrant of arrest cannot be executed by the prosecutor because there is no vehicle available and soon enough the matter gets struck out.
“I issued 13 warrants of arrest yesterday (last Wednesday).
I don’t know if the prosecutor is going to execute all of them and have the suspects brought to court.”
Mision said it was hard to identify people remanded in custody.
“My man guard the gates at the cell blocks and we use the lists to call out the names of the prisoners,” he said.

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