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Bail conditions breached fundamental human rights

Bail conditions imposed on a man described by a court as being “in dire straits” have been found to be in violation of the man’s fundamental human right to freedom from arrest. Mr Justice Anthony Ellul heard that Osita Anagboso Obi had been arrested on March 11, 2010 on his arrival at Malta International Airport. He was charged with money laundering. Bail was granted against a number of conditions including the deposit of €10,000 and a guarantee of €10,000. Mr Obi asked for the bail to be reduced due to his poor financial means and the Magistrates’ Court reduced the deposit to €7,000, and later to €6,000. But Mr Obi remained in custody as he claimed that he did not have the means to pay this reduced deposit. Mr Obi then claimed that his continual detention was in violation to his right to release from arrest. He further claimed that his right to a fair trial within a reasonable time had been violated. Mr Justice Ellul said that the bail conditions imposed by the court were intended to serve as a deterrent to the accused from absconding from the country. Mr Obi had no ties with Malta and had family in Germany. The court added that it was hard to conceive that in a small country… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/bail-conditions-breached-fundamental-human-rights/

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