Saturday, January 27, 2007

MORE PICS-RM23Miillion PIRATED SOFTWARES & GAMES Seized in RAID at INDAH Parade, Sri Petaling; 3 Workers Detained & 224,500 Illegal Discs Taken Away

Raid is MORE important then Friday Prayers. 25 of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement personnel (forgot their Friday prayers) and started the raid at 2.pmand ended at 10.00pm – for 8 hours they spent collecting and carting away the thousands of discs. This is more rewarding.

But these raids are bad for Visit Malaysia 2007. Where would the "kwai lows" (foreigner tourists) find their cheap DVDs and Discs at petaling street? They have also raided VCD /Discs processing outlet (see link at bottom)

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January 27, 2007 00:23 AM
Anti- Piracy Squad Seizes 224,500 Softwares, Games Worth RM23 Mln

ABOVE & BELOW: The enforcement officiers took a "whale of a time" to sort & collect the thousands of illegal discs and carted them back to the Ministry. And what would they do with them? Take some home and watch them if the titles are interesting. They would not notice a few missing for the thousands confiscated for sure.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 27 (Bernama) -- Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry enforcement personnel Friday raided three premises at the Indah Parade shopping complex in Seri Petaling and seized 224,500 copies of pirated computer softwares and games worth RM23 million.

ABOVE & BELOW: The enforcement officiers had no choice but to collect the thousands of illegal discs and took them back to be sorted out later

The ministry's Enforcement Deputy Director-General Firdus Zakaria said the three shoplots, located on the second floor of the complex, were used to store pirated items bound for local distribution. "

ABOVE & BELOW: Some of the discs are ready to be despatched to various parts of the country either by courier of parcel post.

We also detained three workers in their 30s in the eight-hour operation that began at 2pm involving 25 officers," he told reporters at the scene.

ABOVE & BELOW: The three "innocent" workers detained and handcuffed were just trying to "earn a living" in this legal or illegal business to them. Jail or fine, no problem - the boss will take care.

He said the three people were detained under Section 41(1)(D) of the Copyrights Act 1987 which carries five years jail or RM20,000 fine or both, if convicted.

ABOVE & BELOW: You name it, and they probably have it, all sort of software titles and games available and well stacked in piegeon hole shevles

"Two of the three premises have been raided twice - in 2005 and last year, but we are still tracking down the owner of these shoplots," he said. He said the raid was conducted after one-week surveillance.

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MORE PICS – SMASHED Pirated VCD PROCESSING OUTLET; RM10 Million Machineries Confiscated

Friday, January 26, 2007

MORE PICS – 34 Tonnes TIN INGOTS ROBBERY worth RM550,000 at Nibong Tebal Recovered at SCRAPYARD in PERAI 19 Hours later; 10 arrested Includes Dealer

January 26, 2007 17:05 PM

Police Recover Stolen Tin Ingots Worth RM550,000, Arrest 10 Men

ABOVE: Part of recovered 34 tonnes of tin ingots worth RM550,000, 19 hours after they were stolen by five men wielding parangs from a factory warehouse in Nibong Tebal.

ABOVE & BELOW: The newly imported Tin ingots from Germany & Korea were stolen and recovered from a scrapyard reseller

PENANG, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- Police have recovered 34 tonnes of tin ingots worth RM550,000, 19 hours after they were stolen by five men wielding parangs from a factory warehouse in Nibong Tebal. Police have also arrested 10 men in their 20's and 30's to assist investigations into the case. Two of them are believed to have been involved in the robbery, while the rest include a scrapyard operator and a security guard.

Penang chief police officer Datuk Koh Hong Sun (ABOVE) said the five robbers, believed to be Indonesians, broke into the premises at about 4am yesterday after peeling off a zinc wall. Once they got into the premises, they tied a security guard on duty and five Nepalese workers who were sleeping in a cabin. They then opened the main entrance to enable a 30-tonne lorry to drive into the premises and loaded the tin ingots onto the lorry.

ABOVE & BELOW: The ingots were so heavy that forklifts were used to transport them back from the scrapyard

The lorry is believed to have been rented. The tin ingots were imported from Germany and Korea. "Based on recording of the closed-circuit camera, the lorry left the warehouse at about 5am," Koh told reporters after meeting representatives of manufacturers and lorry operators at the Police Service Centre in the Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone here today.

He said police recovered the tin ingots at premises that sell and buys scrap items, in Taman Nagasari, Perai, at about 11pm yesterday following police investigations and public tip-off. The lorry used in the robbery has yet to be found. Police are also tracking down the remaining members of the gang who are still at large.

BELOW: The forklift has to be used to lift the heavy ingots to the lorry (ABOVE)

MORE PICS – KOREAN U;NEE SUICIDE 21st Jan 07; The Mistaken Altantuya Shaariibuu Highlighted by Malaysian Media; Depression & Malicious Online Slander

UPDATE: Feb 05 2007

Korea’s Dangerous Tolerance of Suicide;

By Tom Pauken II;Associate Editor / Columnist;

Suicide is a matter that should not be taken lightly. Those who take their lives leave a path of destruction. Families despair and feel responsible. Children of suicide victims are scarred and risk poverty if that person financially supported them. Friends lose a companion who could make their lives easier. Businesses must cope with the disappearance of an employer or employee and if debts were unpaid then the economy is adversely affected.

Some cultures believe suicide signifies selfishness. Buddhists state it is morally wrong and will result in negative karma. It might mean being reborn in one of the hells or as an animal or hungry ghost. Christians claim those who kill themselves might be thrown into hell. Hence suicide must be discouraged not encouraged. Nonetheless, some Koreans ignore the potential consequences. South Korea has the highest suicide rate among OECD (Organization for Economic cooperation and Development) countries. In 2005 there were 26.1 suicides for every 100,000 people.

This was higher than Japan at 20.3 and the U.S. at 10.2. For the 246,000 deaths in S. Korea, suicide accounted for 12,047 so about 33 people snuffed out their lives each day. Even the rich and famous assume suicide provides the answer to their problems. Some politicians and business people jump off bridges or out of buildings due to public criticisms of them or an imminent arrest. Some entertainers choose death over a successful career, which seems incomprehensible. Singer U-nee, whose real name is Hur Youn and stage name Lee Hye-ryeon, committed such a deed. On Sunday January 21, 2007 her grandmother found her hanging from a door in her apartment when she returned from a church service. Her fans were surprised because her third album "Honey" was soon to be released. Some of her associates claimed she suffered from depression over online criticisms and attacks. Ironically, Koreans reacted oddly when they learned of her death. U-Nee might have killed her because she was upset over negative comments she read on her web site. But within an hour after the announcement of her death, over 3,000 Koreans flooded her web site with words of praise.

The site shut down due to an overload. Fans can be fickle so changing attitudes shouldn't surprise one. But some comments and reactions could cause more harms than good to Korean society. The incident revealed that if a person commits suicide then society would love the person they shunned in the past. Therefore, some people will view suicide as beneficial to regain their shattered reputations. Apparently, one netizen blogged a comment on U-Nee's web site claiming her suicide was the best solution. This person wrote, "May she rest in peace in Heaven." This should come as a surprise because 46 percent of S. Koreans think spirituality doesn't exist. S. Korea has the ninth highest rate of atheists in the world.

Theologically, Christians and Buddhists admit that suicide doesn't guarantee a trip to hell because of extenuating circumstances, since Christians God decides the fate of a soul after death. But Christians don't say one should commit suicide assuming they will enter heaven. Yes, people shouldn't denounce anyone who commits suicide, but preventative measures are necessary to lower the suicide rate in Korea. Korean culture denigrates the psychiatric profession. Many people suffer from depression but they fear the stigma from their friends and family if they go to a psychologist. Koreans frown upon people who reveal inner sadness and are told to portray an image of normalcy under all circumstances. A depressed person lacks a support group. Family members shame a relative who is different than everyone else. So they are trapped in their tormented mind without anybody to talk to. Medication could clear their minds but it's unavailable to them since they are told to stay away from psychiatrists. Children must endure stress from their parents because they are pressured into making perfect grades and anything less is a disgrace.

People in debt have few financial counselors to help them escape their plight. Worst of all, Koreans are more likely to kill themselves rather than swallow their pride and seek help. Government could take some steps to deter suicide. They could place guardrails on bridges and high apartment buildings. They could fund public service announcements in schools and the media to help people with depression. Of course a suicide hot line would be necessary. Most importantly Koreans should be more positive as they are quick to criticize but slow to compliment. They should accept someone for who they are not for what they should be. They should listen to lonely people because maybe no one cares about them. Instead of showing anger they should show love whenever possible. Koreans can always help a living person but never a dead person. These same rules should apply to people all over the world.= = == = = ==

Nov 11 2006, the STAR highlighted this Korean Singer/Actress as the murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu; (details h e r e ) followed by the Sunday Times (12th Nov 06, Below)

Born out of wedlock and raised by the granny, she missed the fatherly love that was denied her and found emptiness in her life when she cannot relate to someone else; ended her life on 21st Jan 2007 at home, apparently due to depression. The entire complex social world rests however on strong probable relationships, and the power behind civilizations rests upon a great unconscious rapport, and is built upon, in any given present, future and past, personal and social relationships.
Suicides and would-be suicides often have such a great literal lust for life that they constantly put it into jeopardy, so that they can experience what it is in heightened form. What is important is that each soul understands its OWN choices and actions, and the consequences of their actions. Nothing ever dies - it just changes form. There is always a reason. To realize that each soul is making these decisions is a
beautiful, healing and freeing experience.

U;Nee, whether you die today or tomorrow, you have lived before, and will again, and your new life, in your terms, springs out of the old, and is growing in the old and contained within it as the seed is already contained within the flower. A death is just a night to your soul. RIP

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Pop Singer U;Nee Dies in Apparent Suicide

Actress and pop singer U;Nee was found hanged to death in her home in Seo-gu, Incheon, Sunday. U;Nee's grandmother Lee (71) found the woman's body in her 22nd-floor apartment Sunday afternoon, dead of an apparent suicide. Lee said she had come home from a church service to find the singer hanging from a door frame.

The death came as a surprise to fans who were awaiting the singer's latest album "Honey", her third. U;Nee, whose real name was Hur Youn, also performed under the stage name Lee Hye-ryeon.
Police investigating the death said that people close to her testified that U;Nee seemed to have been suffering from depression. There is speculation that U;Nee was upset by online criticisms and attacks. Police told reporters that U;Nee had been able to hide her stress well, saying that even her own family didn't know she was depressed. U;Nee left no suicide note or will, police said. Her wake is being held at Onnuri Hospital in Majeon-dong, Incheon.
U;Nee came to public attention under the name Lee Hye-ryeon with her debut in the KBS TV drama "Grown-ups Just Don't Understand" in 1996. She appeared in the movie "Seventeen" in 1998 and later in TV dramas "Theme Game" and "Tears of the Dragon".

Her debut album "Go" was released in 2003 and she gained even greater popularity with the 2005 release of her second album "Call Call Call." Her sexy dance moves and revealing fashions made her the favorite of teenagers across Asia.

In happier times

U;Nee, born to an un-wed mother, suffered a difficult childhood, she said in a KBS talk show in 2005. "I lived with just my grandmother when I was a child. It was really hard to live without a father," she said. The experience, she said, led to a vow to help the needy.
Singer and actress U;Nee, was found dead of an apparent suicide in her Incheon apartment Sunday.
Reports of U;Nee's death caused a stir with online fans Sunday, as visitors flocking to a web site to leave condolences caused the computer server to overload. Within an hour of her death being made known, nearly 3,000 messages were posted on her homepage. Most posters expressed shock that the singer would kill herself before her next album could come out. Many expressed condolences such as, "May she rest in peace in Heaven."

U;Nee's feelings were also allegedly on display at her Web site in a posting that pre-dated her death. "I feel everything is empty. I am again walking down a path to reach a destination that I don't know," the posting said.


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Singer’s Death Highlights Malicious Online Slander

Reactions to the recent suicide of the singer U;Nee once again highlighted one of the more unsavory aspects of Korea’s Internet culture, which is dominated by so-called “cyber warriors” who produce malicious comment professionally. "This is the first news that made me smile in a long time,” one comment read after the singer took her own life on Jan. 21, apparently after being depressed due to malicious online comment for some time. A batch of malicious messages were posted immediately to mock her death.

Last year, the Cyber Crime Investigation Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police investigated a man who had posted hundreds of messages a month against a political party online. A police officer said the man spent all his time, except when he was asleep, at the keyboard. “We were surprised to find him more timid than ordinary people despite the aggressive nature of his postings,” he said.

It is difficult to generalize about keyboard warriors because their Internet ID reveals nothing about their jobs, ages or demographic characteristics. But cyber crime investigators say those who have been caught are typically timid and softly spoken, and are either still at school or jobless. Many live alone in studio apartments. They are not in principle against certain political parties or certain celebrities. Rather, they tend to post malicious comment on any news item that attracts their attention, and regardless whether it is political, economic or entertainment news. They believe they are targeting people in the news, with no intention to cause personal harm. Prof. Namkoong Kee, a psychiatrist at Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital, said, "Passive-aggressive people are easily tempted to take pleasure in posting malicious online messages. People who can’t express their anger in the real world tend to become abnormally aggressive in a space where they believe they can hide behind anonymity and from a safe distance."

A memorial service was held Monday in Onnuri Hospital, Incheon for U;Nee, a pop singer and actress who committed suicide Jan. 21.

In 2005, a 32-year-old man found his identity revealed on the Internet after his girlfriend committed suicide, and was harassed by malicious online comment. Everything about him -- school, names of family and friends -- was exposed. His homepage was inundated with messages that called him "shameless” and said he let his girlfriend die. He asked the police to investigate. "I met them to file a lawsuit,” the victim said. “I was perplexed to find most of the keyboard warriors were ordinary college students or office workers. They even said sorry."

He sued not only the perpetrators but also four portal sites including Korea’s biggest Naver and Daum, which disseminated the messages. The district court is expected to pass judgment on Feb. 2. The victim believes portal sites are responsible because they provide Netizens with a space to spread their slander. Byun Hee-jae, who heads a group of victims of malicious online comment, agrees. The victim “was virtually condemned to social death by Internet,” he says. “We sued the portal sites as well because they were responsible for allowing Netizens to post these messages."

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’Trial by Internet’ Casts Spotlight on Korean Cyber Mobs

The case of a woman who was thrown to a Korean cyber lynch mob for failing to clean up the mess her dog had left behind has put the international spotlight on the country’s sometimes vicious online community. "Subway Fracas Escalates into Test of the Internet's Power to Shame,” the Washington Post headlined a story on the "Dog Poop Girl" on Thursday. The paper said the incident revealed the power of the Internet and provided "a peek into an unsettling corner of the future" of the cyberworld, in turn sparking debate among experts and bloggers in the U.S.

ABOVE: The dog's poop left behind on the subway train by a woman was cleaned by someone else (BELOW) caused her to be cyber lynched - a virtual death sentence in S Korea

The young woman attracted mercilessly abusive comments from Internet users in June when photos posted online showed her getting off the subway without cleaning up the mess her dog made. Users publicized the woman’s personal information, one posting her picture on an online auction site with a caption that read, "I'm selling dog poop." Ultimately, in the court of cyber-opinion, she received a virtual death sentence.

Legal expert Daniel Solove of George Washington University wrote the incident "involves a norm that most people would seemingly agree to -- clean up after your dog. But having a permanent record of one's norm violations is upping the sanction to a whole new level... allowing bloggers to act as a cyber-posse, tracking down norm violators and branding them with digital scarlet letters."

Howard Rheingold, an expert in group behavior, said the debate should begin with an understanding that the rules of privacy have changed. "The shadow side of the empowerment that comes with a billion and a half people being online is the surveillance aspect, he said. “We used to worry about big brother -- the state -- but now of course it's our neighbors, or people on the subway."

Former journalist Dan Gillmor said, "Where the line is between doing what the media or the legal system won't do is a pretty interesting question, and I don't have the answer... People have to think about consequences." The author of the Washington Post piece, Jonathan Krim, said conversation about the incident and comments on blogs revealed a common thread. "The instinct of most was to accept using the Internet as a new social-enforcement tool, but to search for that point on the continuum where enough was too much."

Some said circulating pictures of the Dog Poop Girl was fine but calls for her personal information to be revealed were not. Others said the woman's face and other distinguishing features should have been obscured, while still others said she had no right to privacy at all.

Within Korea, views about the "Dog Poop Girl" incident are complex. Public opinion, at first unanimously critical of the young woman, took a step back when indiscriminate attacks from Netizens developed into a witch-hunt. In a recent program, EBS analyzed human rights abuses that occurred as a result of malicious online comments like those that characterized the "Dog Poop Girl" incident.

Hang Gyeong-shik, a professor of philosophy at Seoul National University, warned the “faceless” character of the Internet could encourage a space devoid of norms or ethics. Lawyer Chang Ji-won of the Group to Cultivate a Mature Society said, "We need more accurate analysis of the multitude of crimes that happen on the Internet and urgently study ways of dealing with such incidents to protect and compensate victims."

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See also the Latest posting on another Korean Actress

Actress Jeong Da-bin Dead in Suspected Suicide;
who killed herself 10th Feb 2007

Thursday, January 25, 2007

MORE PICS–OFF the HOOK for MURDER; JUDGE: No Prima Facie Case; Questionable and Unsatisfactory Police Investigations; Post-mortem by Hospital Assistan

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These are the typical "
knee-jerk" reactions of the higher ups. The IGP will ask for an investigation and the minister will ask for the reports and will they have the will to to take disciplinary actions. The "spirit is willing, but the body is not"

Is this one of those “closed-one-eye” case when well fed, they “see, hear & speak no evil for the concerned parties. The IGP is carrying out an investigation under the able crime buster Christopher Wan to see if all the Ipoh police actions were “deliberate

And after the investigation, will the case be reopened?

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January 26, 2007 17:06 PM

Officers Responsible For Shoddy Police Probes May Get The Boot

PETALING JAYA, Jan 26 (Bernama) -- Police investigating officers who do a shoddy job leading to their cases getting thrown out by the courts risk being fired from the force, said Deputy Internal Security Minister Datuk Mohd Johari Baharum. "We will not compromise with officers who fail to conduct proper investigations into murder cases," he told reporters after opening a seminar for directors and senior management in the security industry here Friday. He said this when asked to comment on the botched investigation into the murder of a 21-year-old engineering student in 2003 which led to the case to be thrown out by the Ipoh High Court last Wednesday.

Five suspects in the case, one of them the son of a former Ipoh Mayor, were acquitted without their defence being called. Mohd Johari said the investigating officers in the case would be brought before the Police's Disciplinary Board if found to have failed in carrying out their duties properly. "It is pathetic ... this is not the first high profile murder case to be thrown out of court... I want Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to submit a report on it to the ministry as soon as possible," he said. He said that he would have a special meeting with Musa and other Bukit Aman senior directors this Wednesday to discuss and identify weaknesses in the handling of high profile murder cases.

"I want to know if elements like corruption are hampering investigations," he added. Meanwhile, Musa, when met at the World Customs Day celebrations at the Customs Complex in Kelana Jaya here, said police were still investigating the matter (the case that was thrown out in Ipoh) including on claims that the investigating officer had only joined the force when entrusted with the job. "This is a serious matter, so give us time to investigate properly," he added.

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January 25, 2007 21:37 PM

Musa Orders Comprehensive Probe Into 'Man Datuk' Case

MELAKA, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has ordered Bukit Aman CID Director Datuk Christopher Wan Soo Kee to investigate weaknesses in a murder case thrown out by the Ipoh High Court Wednesday. He said a comprehensive probe would be conducted into the investigation papers and all officers involved. "I want feedbacks on what are the weaknesses relating to the investigation.

ABOVE: CID Crime Buster Christopher Wan

"We'll see in a month's time. We want to know whether the weaknesses are deliberate so that the case becomes weak when presented in court," he said and added that firm action would be taken on officers responsible for the weaknesses. He was commenting on comments made by Justice Datuk V.T. Singham Wednesday when acquitting five people charged with the 2003 murder of 21-year-old student Mohd Hosni Fadzli Mohd Amin without calling for their defence. One of the accused was former Ipoh Mayor's son, Azman Ismail, 25, who was known as "Man Datuk". The other four were Mohd Hafiz Ibrahim, 22; Mohd Shafiq Hazren Mohd Salleh, 23; Mohd Faizal Radzali, 25; and Mohd Rizal Abu Hassan, 21.

Singham was reported to have said the prosecution had "failed miserably" to prove a prima facie case against them and that the entire investigation by the police on the case was questionable and conducted in a very unsatisfactory manner. Musa said: "I respect his comments and he has the right to make the comments. He was the one hearing the case."

On the reaction by the victim's family to the acquittal, he said: "Of course they would feel it was unfair. They want justice. My symphathy goes to them." Earlier, Musa attended a convention on crime prevention at the Melaka International Trade Centre Thursday. The convention, organised by the Royal Malaysia Police, was opened by Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

In IPOH, the victim's father, Mohd Amin Mohd Ibrahim, 54, said he was disappointed with the handling of the case by the police. Together with lawyer R. Jegatheesa, he would meet the deputy public prosecutor involved in the trial to get a clearer picture on what had happened which led to judge Singham saying "unsatisfactory police investigations". "I had been patient following the trial over the past two years and was confident that the people charged with murdering my son will receive suitable punishment but yesterday, I was shocked when the judge said the officer investigating the case was a cadet officer. "This is not a case of stealing chicken eggs. Why the police appointed a cadet officer who had been in the force only for two months to handle a serious crime like this?" he said. The result could be different if a more experience officer were to handle his son's murder, said Mohd Amin who is a lorry driver.
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January 25, 2007 21:01 PM

Only Surgeons And Specialists Can Conduct Post-Mortem

PETALING JAYA, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said Thursday post-mortems in hospitals can only be done by surgeons and specialists and not by hospital assistants or attendants. He said surgeons and specialists were responsible for conducting the internal part in any operation but it was normal practice for hospital assistants to do the initial opening of the abdomen.

"If you go to a surgical ward and see how patients are operated, the opening up of the abdomen can also be conducted by a junior doctor. But to say that the post-mortem is conducted by an attendant is not true," he told reporters after appearing on the "Wanita Hari Ini" programme over TV3. Dr Chua was asked to comment on reports that hospital assistants or attendants were allowed to cut open corpses on the instruction of the pathologist as stated by a witness in the murder trial of a 21-year-old engineering student in Ipoh.
Ipoh High Court Judge Datuk V.T. Singham, in his remarks in
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Is this another “high profile” murder case that the Judge can declare “no case” on flimsy police investigation and flimsy non-mentioned of name in the charge sheet & post-mortem by a Hospital assistant? Even the accused & those involved were “surprised” by the Judge’s decision and took sometime to react. Were they NOT involved in bashing up the victim? Why were they let off the hook? Is the late evidence in admissible? Is the hospital assistant certification of the dead body’s injuries any different from that done by a pathologist? Not even a man-slaughter amended charge? Well ask the ONLY Judge involved in this case. He has the final say! And this is Malaysia Boleh - "Malayisan Justice"- violence and murder can be excused and dismissed on grounds of "technicalities".

When you kill a man, you believe that you kill him forever. The hunter is forced to emotionally identify with its prey. So to kill is to be killed. The balance of life sustains all.
There is never any justification for violence. There is no justification for hatred. There is no justification for murder. Those who indulge in violence for whatever reason are themselves changed, and the purity of their purpose adultered.

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And what would happened to those inept police investigators and DPP –transfer out again or stay put to wait for another case?
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January 24, 2007 20:41 PM

Questionable Police Investigation, Datuk's Son And Four Others Acquitted Of Murder

ABOVE & BELOW: The magnificient Ipoh High Court building

IPOH, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- A son of former Ipoh Mayor and four others were acquitted and discharged by the High Court here of the charge of murdering a college student in 2003 due to failure of the prosecution to prove a prima facie case against the accused.

ABOVE & BELOW: The accused (Azman Ismail Shahbodin in white, also known as Man Datuk) arriving in court & "hands-free" (BELOW) with just the police holding on to your arm - no need handcuffs. Is it so much more firendlier in a small town?

Judge Datuk V.T.Singham acquitted and discharged Azman Ismail Shahbodin, Mohd Shafiq Azreen Mohd Salleh, Mohd Hafiz Ibrahim, Mohd Faizal Radzali and Mohamad Rizal Abu Hassan without calling for their defence. They were charged together with Mohd Nizam Ariffin, who is still at large, with the murder of Mohd Hosni Fadzli Mohd Amin at Ikhwan Auto, No 19, Hala Rapat Baru 20 of the Kinta Light Industrial Area here between 3am and 10am on Dec 22, 2003. Singham, when reading his written judgment, said the entire investigation by the police on the case was questionable and conducted in a very unsatisfactory manner. "Among them was why the police took up to six days to go to the location where the murder was alleged to have taken place to carry out forensic tests. "Another was on the post-mortem which was conducted by a hospital assistant instead of a pathologist," he added. He said the trial of the case was also the weirdest conducted by any Deputy Public Prosecutor. "The prosecution declined to name the other suspect, who is still at large, as mentioned in the charge sheet for reasons only known to him although investigations clearly indicated that he was the main culprit," he added. Hearing of the case took 54 days during which 38 witnesses were called to testify. At Wednesday's proceedings, Singam also dismissed an application, the third, by DPP Mohd Dusuki Mohktar to include an additional charge for kidnap or abduction against the accused. Had the court allowed the application, a new trial would have to be held.

ABOVE & BELOW: The accuseds were pleasantly "surprise" could not beleived "their ears" when the Judge announced the verdict "no case" for them.

Azman, who is also known as Man Datuk is represented by counsel Naran Singh while Mohd Hafiz by lawyer Tun Ammar Aziz, Mohd Shafiq Azreen (lawyer Aris Rizal Christopher Fernando), Mohd Faizal (lawyer Gurbachan Singh) and Mohamad Rizal (Ravinair Ramanaidu). The decision must have stunned the accused for they had remained in the dock and it was only after Singham pronounced the judgment on their acquittal and discharge for the second time did they begin to move out from the dock.

ABOVE & BELOW: Azman Ismail Shahbodin in white gets congratulations from friends and parents for this "Malayisan Justice"- violence and murder can be excused on grounds of "technicalities"

Family members of all the accused, including former Ipoh Mayor Datuk Ismail Shahbodin, were at the court Wednesday.

Also present was the victim's father and when approached by reporters, he said he accepted the verdict.

= = = = = == = = Talking of Malaysian Justice, what happened to Raja Sherina? She was off on “one month bail” on Nov 27 06. It is MORE than a month already and another “no case” against her, NOT even charge. When her SMS was highlighted, wow, it was touted “serious” now dead silence! Off the hook again DPP? For memory recall of the case Go H E R E on

MORE PICTURES - UNCovered and EXposed The True face of Raja Sherina at the REMAND Extension; Police Investigations Completed; To be Released - Mon 27th Nov 06 with Husband; Up to DPP for Next Action.

ABOVE & BELOW; Exposed and uncovered, the true face of Raja Sherina emerging from and in the courtroom

Raja Sherina, Husband To Be Released Tomorrow; November 26, 2006 18:33 PM

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