Justice Denied

The DewanisThe murder of Anni Dewani came up in conversation a few times when we were in Cape Town in February as it was about the time that the South African authorities were trying to bring her husband back to the country to face charges.

The people we spoke to were unhappy with the suggestions that he wouldn’t get a fair trial as if SA were like certain other African countries you might think of, but mostly there was incredulity our legal system appears to be geared to protecting the suspect, rather than to see justice takes its course.

I read today that the Dewani family are prepared to foot a bill of up to £300,000 to take the fight against his extradition to the European Court of Human Rights should latest hearing go against him this week which does bear out what the South Africans are thinking — that justice can be avoided if you have deep pockets.

And they have a point. I’m all for the right of appeal to avoid or correct injustice, but we seem to have landed ourselves with a system of so many judicial layers that you can keep on appealing until you get the answer you want.

Shrien Dewani most certainly has a case to answer as the Dispatches programme, Murder on Honeymoon, demonstrates. Indeed, the only person apart from Dewani’s family who thinks he has nothing to hide is Max Clifford, but then he is also being paid pots of money to say that.

You can watch the programme on YouTube if you want to. For once the media  intruding on someone’s personal life that needs intruding upon.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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  • Jennyta 18th July 2011

    I have listened to successive governments for more years than I care to admit to, all assuring us that they would redress the balance, but it seems to get worse rather than better and I think the way the Dowler family were treated highlights this. Meanwhile, the shrinking of availability of legal aid for many ordinary people who can’t afford to throw huge amounts of money at lawyers, means that, for a large section of society, justice is effectively denied to them.

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