—(1) An accused shall not be released on bail or on personal bond if —
he is charged for an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life;
having been previously released on bail or personal bond in any criminal proceedings, he had not surrendered to custody or made himself available for investigations or attended court, and the court believes that in view of this failure, he would not surrender to custody, or make himself available for investigations or attend court if released; or
(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the court may —
direct that any juvenile or any sick or infirm person accused of such an offence be released on bail; or
release on bail an accused charged with an offence referred to in subsection (1)(a), if —
the offence is also punishable with an alternative punishment other than death or life imprisonment; and
the offence is to be tried before a District Court or a Magistrate’s Court.
(3) In this section, “accused” includes a “fugitive” as defined in the Extradition Act.