Ladies and Gentlemen,
Singapore state controlled newspaper the Straits Times Online edition of Aug 5, 2010has the story "both sides appealing" about Oliver Fricker the Swiss computer consultant jailed and caned for graffiti. As the title states, both the prosecution and Fricker are appealing the sentence, the prosecution because it is too short and Fricker because it is too long.
But what I want to say is this. Fricker had a marvellous opportunity to turn his misfortune of being arrested into a worldwide cry against the inhumanity cruelty and brutality of the Singapore legal regime.
Instead of pleading guilty at the first opportunity which he did, he could have gone to trial, dragged his case as long as he could and told the world how inhumane and barbaric this puny tin pot dictatorship is, with it's beatings and torture.
Of course, had he fought the case, there is a possibility of his sentence being increased. But really they cannot hurt him too much. The heightened adverse publicity generated by a prolonged trial for this totally inappropriate punishment of caning for a minor offense, would in all likelihood have offended the feelings of the entire civilized world. Singapore would have even rescinded it's caning order in the face of worldwide recrimination against the brutality. In that process, Fricker would have been serving the cause of freedom and justice by placing Singapore on the spotlight once again; the spotlight of state sanctioned brutality.
Well the opportunity was lost but we still must thank Fricker for helping to publicize to the world that Singapore is truly not a first world country, but rather an arbitrary island run by a bloodcurdling monster.
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