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Thursday, October 18, 2007

This Case is But a Drop in the Ocean

While we can rejoice that a case has been won against the authorities, it is relevant to view it in the proper perspective.

According to this malaysiakini article, it is only one of the many cases where people have been held under draconian laws that permit detention without trial; and people are also held for years without being charged and found guilty of any crime.

The most prominent case of a beating was the one where a former IGP pleaded guilty to a charge of causing hurt to our former DPM. Each year, a few detainees die in police custody and the reasons given are usually glossed over.

That is why the IPCMC is so vital to provide the mechanism by which abuse by the police can be addressed in an orderly fashion.

Now we have to wait and see if the AG's office will initiate proceedings against those who were responsible for torture of a detainee. Or do they need a prompting from their political masters?

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