Thursday, August 07, 2008

Crime Co-perpretator Protection: First Come First Serve Basis Only please

Syed Hamid on why Saiful wasn't charged (my comments in RED)

Anwar is charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code, which implies consensual sodomy.

KUALA LUMPUR (The Star): Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan is not being charged because he is the key witness in the sodomy case against PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar.

He said that in a criminal justice system, when a person comes forward to report on a matter, the person would be protected.

This logic surely does not apply to other crimes, right? A consensual co-perpetrator coming forward first gets protection?? Is this a race?

"Usually, the victim would be given protection," said Syed Hamid who spoke to reporters after the MoU signing ceremony between Malaysian and Australian Governments on immigration cooperation at a hotel here on Thursday.

Who could possibly be the victim in a consensual act?

He also said that Anwar is innocent until proven guilty by the court.

"Good cop bad cop" classic line.

"However, it doesn't mean that we can't take action against him just because he is a VIP," he said.

He also advised the public not to jump into any conclusion before the court decides the case.

Public not allowed to form an opinion?

In the police report he lodged on June 28, Saiful had claimed he was forcibly sodomised. Anwar is however being charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code, which implies consensual sodomy.

“If it is “suka sama suka” (consensual), why was I the only one being charged? If it is consensual, both should be charged,” Anwar said after coming out of the courtroom in Jalan Duta on Thursday.

Ya, man. Good question.

I have read Saiful's blog. It sure looks like a blog, and sounds like a blog, but is it really his blog? Seasoned blog readers are usually very good at telling whether a blog is a fake (instrumented and written by someone else). Take a sniff at his blog and tell me your verdict.


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