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Friday, August 2, 2013
Crime Has No Statute Of Limitations
Hantu Laut The 1974 killing of the IGP was never solved. Questions are still being asked but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was reported to have said a couple of years back, it would be difficult to reopen the case as "it happened a long time ago." Someone should tell the now Prime Minister that crimes have no "statue of limitations" Onerous, is on the police to solve murder cases, but when luck ran out and lackadaisical attitude takes over the police ran into a brick wall. In the old days the police had better crime-busting work and higher rate of success.
Today, many high profile murder cases remained unsolved. The police found them too confounding to sleuth around and do a Sherlock. Detective work is also deductive work, needs not only lots of skill, but lots of passion to unlock the puzzle. No justice system is perfect, innocent people have been sent to the gallows and the guilty have gone scot free, but police work to catch the perpetrators must not stop.A file can be closed, but should be reopened if new evidence surfaced. Serious crime has no "statute of limitations". Till death do us part. Malaysian police seemed to have lost the passion for real detective work, depending too much on direct evidence rather than pursuing circumstantial evidence where and when direct evidence is lacking. Collection of circumstantail evidence can become "colloborating evidence" that can establish or refute whether the accused is guilty or not. The truth is, gathering circumstantial evidence is tedious and require much more police work than direct evidence and police investigators assigned to such work must have a nose for it, which is telling why many murder cases have gone unsolved.