Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Question of Justice

The Kugan case that highlighted police torture while in their care in January 2009 finally saw an inch of progress when one police officer claimed trial to two counts of causing grievous hurt to extract information or confession from the suspected car thief who died in police custody. In fact, following Kugan’s death, eleven police officers were transferred to desk duty at the Selangor police HQ. The Kugan family not unsurprisingly expressed outrage that only one person was charged for his death and it was not for his murder. Kugan’s grandmother G Muthama, 60, said, ‘The police think they are so big”. This case was fixed for mention on November 05, according to The Malaysian Insider today.

On another matter on the same day also, it was reported that the Government lawyer acting on behalf of the Attorney General sought to block senior MACC officers (i.e. Hishamuddin Hashim and Hairul Ilham Hamzah) from testifying – a naked attempt to bring a quick end to the high-profile inquest of DAP aide, Teoh Beng Hock – despite testimonies from MACC rank-and-file that they had received their instructions from the two. The 30-year-old political secretary to state executive councilor Ean Yong Hian Wah, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on a fifth-floor landing outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Selangor office at Plaza Masalam on July 16, after being questioned overnight into claims his boss abused state money.
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What conclusions can we draw from these two cases? Isn’t justice supposed to be blind?

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