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Sunday, August 29, 2004


Justice must be Swift

::We should all be glad that in the new PM we have a PM who is committed to Justice being meted out swiftly and fully understands the English saying :: "Justice delayed is justice denied."

In connection with the conclusion of the Nurul Huda Abdul Ghani murder trial, the PM is quoted as having said the following ::
Judges should be mindful of the old saying, "Justice delayed is justice denied" and make an effort to expedite longstanding cases for which decisions were pending.
"If a suspect is detained for many years and his case is not heard, and probably, when the case is heard, he may be found not guilty."
"So, longstanding cases, for which decisions are pending, have caused lots of problems to many people."[The Star]

"That's what I like, what I don't like when cases are delayed," he said, quoting an English saying "Justice delayed is justice denied."
He said if the trial or judgement of a case took too long, there might not be justice anymore.[Bernama]

"That's what I like. What I don't like is when cases are delayed," Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said after launching a training programme for small- and medium-sized industries here.
"It is a relief that justice has been served swiftly." Abdullah was commenting on the much-publicised case which ended in security guard Mohd Abbas Danus Baksan being sentenced to death by the High Court.[New Straits Times]

Of course none of the media editors remembered to point out to the PM that there are cases involving a former deputy PM which have had their decisions regarding bail and appeal and review postponed and delayed for inordinately long periods of time. How could they have glossed over these cases and not reminded the PM that "Justice delayed is justice denied". Or is it a case of "sauce for the goose is not necessary sauce for the gander".

All these calls for swift justice have also brought along some detrimental effects, one only need to look at these two cases :: Norrita's murder and Norjan's murder to be reminded that these calls may have resulted in shoddy polis work and prosecutions.






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