Friday, July 12, 2013
DEAD MAN CONVICTED, IN PUTIN'S RUSSIA !
Icheoku says when the world thought they have heard the last bizarre thing out of Vladimir Putin's mother Russia, here comes the screaming news that a dead man was convicted of a crime allegedly committed while he lived. A Russia that has seen one man named Vladimir Putin switching seats from being a President to becoming a Prime Minister and then becoming a President again; and practically dictating terms of existence for anyone who calls Russia his country or home or wants to make it a residence. A man whose mood dictates what goes up or down in Russia and who was able to command a sitting president to stoop down to a prime minister's position while he took over the reins of power.
Now to add to his resume as a man who decides everything in Russia and further boost his profile as the man with political vice hold on Russia, Putin's government has convicted a dead man of a crime allegedly committed while he lived. Needless to add that the dead-convict was not availed the opportunity to defend himself. Icheoku asks where was the rule of Natural Justice of 'Audi alter em patem' (let the accused be heard) observed in this case? Icheoku queries further, what happened to the doctrine of Res Nullus which deems a non living person none existent for purposes of rights and recriminations? Where is the dead man's body to attach the judgment as a criminal conviction requires a body to suffer the penalty? How does Vladimir Putin's Russia intend to enforce this judgment since there is no body to confine or are they going to top their already bizarre conviction by exhuming the dead man's body and sending it to prison?
That the conviction was summarily dismissed post pronouncement is irrelevant and does not excuse the wastage of judicial time and resources which were expended for a return on investment of a mere mockery of the law. Whatever symbolic message this conviction intended to send pales in comparison to the damage it caused the rule of law. It trifled the law because one of the cardinal rule of law and order which is enforcement cannot attach in this case. What is the good exercise in wasting time and resources of the court to produce an outcome which is so ridiculous and laughable; and which only diminishes the law since the judgment cannot be practically carried out or enforced? Icheoku says the trial and conviction of dead-man, lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, crossed the last threshold of absurdity and nothing, no moral lesson whatsoever, justifies it or excuses such macabre judicial exercise and pronouncement. The only outcome is that to the vocabulary of dead man walking, living dead, the un-dead etc, will now be added dead man convicted thanks to Putin's Russia. Icheoku says members of the punk band Pussy Riot are still in prison in Russia just for artistically expressing themselves.