Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The Dagger Behind The Smiles
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"