Wednesday, October 18, 2006

An interesting dilemma

Tony Blair has appealed to President Musharraf of Pakistan to spare the life of a Briton due to be executed.
Prime Minister Tony Blair says he has spoken personally to Pakistan's president to ask him to intervene in the case of a Leeds man on death row.

Mirza Tahir Hussain, 36, is due to be executed on 1 November for murdering a taxi driver in 1988.

He said: "For this unjust execution to go ahead anyway would be bad enough, but to do this when Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, is visiting the country would be monstrous.

"I would urge His Royal Highness to cancel his visit if this terrible miscarriage of justice, the state murder of a man from Leeds, is scheduled to go ahead at that time.

Tony Blair seems to be living in some kind of fantasy world. Let us leave aside the fact that the lack of punishment for the police officers who killed De Menezes have led some to accuse Toni of colluding in state-sponsored murder, and consider that Toni has been the sponsor of a number of extremely illiberal Bills which, in effect, condone the restriction and imprisonment, on suspicion alone, of certain people. One might be led to speculate on Musharraf's reply which, if he was in a bad mood, might include the words "mote" and "beam".

Now, obviously, we libertarian chappies really don't approve of state sanctioned murder but, equally, surely we do not encourage politicians to bypass the law, do we?
Mr Hussain has always claimed he was acting in self-defence, saying the taxi driver tried to sexually assault him.

His conviction was overturned in Pakistan's High Court, but he was later retried by an Islamic court, which sentenced him to death.

How many bloddy justice systems are there in Pakistan? I mean, for fuck's sake, surely if someone is found to be innocent in the High Court then surely they are... well... innocent.

What the fuck is going on here?

1 comment:

Umbongo said...

At least part of the justice system in Pakistan is "modern" and "fair" (in NuLabour terms) in that they apparently ignore the "double jeopardy" rule. This, if you recall, had been a proud part of the common law in England for 800 years until NuLabour abolished it.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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