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Violence, escaped prisoners

Professor Wadan Narsey Suva Many letters have been written attacking Shamima Ali’s call for the protection of the human rights of prisoners, while the police have also responded defending their
30 Sep 2012 08:58

Professor Wadan Narsey
Suva

Many letters have been written attacking Shamima Ali’s call for the protection of the human rights of prisoners, while the police have also responded defending their actions.
It is understandable for decent law-abiding citizens to not care how prisoners are treated. We all know of innocent people who have been robbed, physically and mentally traumatised, by criminal elements, without any compensation, or contrition from criminals.
Neither is there much compensation or thought for officers who are injured in the call of duty, while trying to apprehend escaped criminals.
But even though it is hard to define what constitutes “reasonable force” the police (and the army) need to ensure that apprehending officers do not take the law into their own hands, by becoming prosecutors, judge and jury.
A just society has to ensure that escaped prisoners, however badly they may have treated society, are also given a fair trial by our judiciary, and suitably punished if they are found guilty,  but according to law.
However much pain escaped prisoners may cause us (and they surely do), for us deny their human rights to justice according to the Fiji laws, is to become inhuman ourselves.




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