Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Dagger Behind The Smiles

District Judge Lim Tse Haw must have pinched himself to make sure he had not dozed off and started to hear weird stuff. The businessman in the dock was claiming that he was physically abused by the police for 4 hours. Even at Abu Ghraib, the tormentors didn't use soiled underwear to cover the heads of detainees.

Torture, according to the United Nations Convention Against Torture (an advisory measure of the UN General Assembly) is any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him, or a third person, information or a confession. The motive for torture can also be for the sadistic gratification of the torturer, as in the Moors murders carried out by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley in Greater Manchester, England. Human rights supporters argue that, under torture, a man will confess to anything.

The judge's reaction was to recommend that prosecution reassign another investigation officer (IO) for the case. Judge also granted the prosecution's application to remand the accused for another week. One can imagine the eager boys in blue salivating in anticipation of another opportunity to work on the prisoner again.

The words of the accused's wife has been heard countless times before, "Don't you think that he deserves a fair treatment?  He is innocent until proven guilty." Why is it that the presumption of innocence, sometimes referred by the Latin "Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat" (the principle that one is considered innocent until proven guilty) such a difficult concept for the law enforcers?

The police refused to comment on the grounds that the case is before the courts, except saying, "If criminal offences are disclosed, police would not hesitate to bring criminal charges against he errant officer." And then immediately proceeded to point the threatening dagger in the opposite direction, warning that "appropriation action will be taken against anyone who makes false allegations."

The bard rightly pointed out in Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 3:
"Where we are, There's daggers in men's smiles"


  1. Think they should remand the guy under ISD / CISCO / AETOs control. would it be better.

  2. I understand that with such tricks of the trade, our men in blue secure 98% conviction rates. With these efficiencies by the prosecution, the judges tend not to listen to the accused unless he can prove his innocence. With another week of remand, may be the accused will be released without any charge after signing a statement recanting his allegations? Or will they get solid proofs of his guilt?

  3. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1158557/1/.html

    The parliament opens and he goes running around the world trying to seal his legacy. If he's lost all that interest in representing his people in the constituency, he should just step down as an MP. And how the hell he deserves the Lincoln award baffles me but his son will have to pay for his inglorious deeds. Karma is just waiting to come around.

  4. Aiyah, no need to invoke the Bard lah. The Chinese saying is: 笑 里 藏 刀

  5. Not 1 or 2, but a whole bunch of the past ISA detainees has alleged torture by ISD while being detained. If they had lied, how come the ISD or police has not taken any action to clear the accusations ? And they later clarified their detentions has been legally cleared by the Advisory Council.

    But they conveniently forgot that there still were allegations that all the Advisory Council did was to give them a hearing lasing only 5 mins or so and no questions were raised ?

    And is this what LKY said is our Rule of Law when justice is not seen to be done ?