Friday, August 12, 2005

Contempt

I rather suspect that these creeps would not behave this way in the home country, where there are few Christians to harass and the law will be swift to act on the crime and on contempt for the proceedings. The story? Four brothers from Pakistan visit Australia and go on a years long rape spree:
Some victims were repeatedly raped at knifepoint and told they would be killed if they went to police. The brothers videotaped their rapes, and the tapes show another dozen possible victims. The police have not been able to find them all and some did not want to come forward. The victims who did make complaints breathed a sigh of relief on Monday, when the oldest brother, MSK, pleaded guilty to the aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in July 2002. That spared the victim from having to give evidence and brought the series of trials to an end. The brutality of the crime, the last to go to trial, was typical. Before raping the girl, MSK told her he had strangled a girlfriend and hung her from a balcony in Iraq - though he was from Pakistan. In June this year MSK was found guilty of four counts of aggravated sexual assault against a 14-year-old. MAK pleaded guilty to one count of the same charge after the trial was aborted due to outbursts by MSK, who shouted details of their previous convictions at the jury. He also jumped the dock and threw broken glass at the victims' mothers.
I don't support the use of 'hate crimes' designations in the law because it is not possible to know what motivates other people and because it seems that only elite favoured groups can actually use the charge. Contempt, on the other hand, is clear. Throw them in jail until they behave - forever if need be.

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