Friday, June 4, 2010

Swift “justice”

"Swift justice demands more than just swiftness." ~Potter Stewart

This is a copy of a post from Political Prisoners In Thailand. It is important to look at all sides but it is paramount that all sides are looked at equally and fairly.   I've added memorable quotes that are not part of the original.

Swift “justice”

Just look how fast the judiciary can work when it puts away red shirts!

The Bangkok Post (3 June 2010) reports that two “radio show hosts of a community radio in the northeastern province of Udon Thani were on Thursday sentenced to one year and six months jail term without suspension in connection with the arson attacks on the city hall and the municipality office building on May 19.”

"Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both". ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Prasit Wichairat and Jakrapong Saenkham from 97.5 FM community radio “surrendered to police on June 2.” 

 What? That’s yesterday!

In less than 24 hours, the Udon Thani District Court has “found the two guilty of violating the emergency decree by urging the people through their radio programmes to stage an uprisin[g], leading to the torching of the city hall and municipality office building on May 19 in violation of the emergency decree.”

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice".~Abraham Lincoln

It would be hard to imagine how justice is served by such swift decision-making; another example of double standards.

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts." ~Mohandas Gandhi

I'll leave you with this final quote which shows we as humans have learned little over time.
"Extreme law is often extreme injustice". ~Terence 170–160 BC

From Political Prisoners in Thailand

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