The double standards

April 4, 2016

I know the pain of being separated from your family, not knowing whether you will see them anytime soon. Trust that I do not wish people to ever have to spend even a single moment in a Police cell, deprived of their rights and even barred from access to information with regards to the legislation. Being in Police custody can feel like being at the mercy of a few who would execute orders from their masters, bowing their heads, with no questions asked.

What my reaction is about?

It appeared in the press today that a member of the parliament implicated in an accident that took the life of a person, today was released on bail although he initially lied to the Police and refused an alcohol test. It is only hours later, most probably after no traces of alcohol would be detected in his breath, that he changes his statement, saying he decided to assume his responsibility. So, it’s okay for a parliament member to decide whether or not to assume his responsibility.

While reading this article it made me wonder whether the Police objected to his bail with arguments that he might tamper with evidence. It also struck my mind that few months ago, a simple citizen was arrested and detained in a Police cell for more than ten days even though he confessed to being drowsy before he met with an accident.

On one hand we have a simple citizen confessing and not trying to corrupt officials or tamper with evidence, receiving ten days of Police detention while on the other hand we have a member of the parliament who resisted Police procedures and lied, who might have been drunk & driving, finds himself freed after less than twenty-four hours. Why shouldn’t I call these double standards?