The new Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill grants sweeping powers to Nicola Sturgeon and the Scottish Parliament, and makes dramatic changes to the criminal justice system.
Among a long list of changes, the Bill seeks to:
Replace trial by jury with bench trials, presided over by a Judge or local Sheriff
Remove the maximum time of 140 days an accused can await trial
Relax hearsay evidence law, allowing judges to hear pre-recorded witness statements that are not open to cross-examination
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I’ll Send You To The Grave!: Duterte Orders Police & Military To SHOOT Covid-19 Quarantine Violators
“Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has warned that those who violate quarantines amid the Covid-19 crisis could wind up dead, ordering security forces to fire upon violent ‘troublemakers’ as the country battles the outbreak.
The stark warning came during an unscheduled televised address on Wednesday night, in which Duterte told the police and military to adopt a gloves-off approach for violators of lockdown measures on Luzon – the country’s largest and most populous island – imposed last month to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
“I will not hesitate. My orders are to the police and the military, as well as the [districts], that if there is trouble or the situation arises that people fight and your lives are on the line, shoot them dead,” the president said.”