12 Jan '12, 11pm

Good if Attorney-General explains charge decisions, lawyers say

Good if Attorney-General explains charge decisions, lawyers say

By K.C. Vijayan, Law Correspondent While the Attorney-General is not obliged to disclose reasons why he charged an accused in a certain way, law dons and lawyers say it would be helpful for him to explain when two persons are involved in the same crime and one faces a reduced charge. The Court of Appeal on Tuesday made it clear it is neither unlawful nor unconstitutional for the Attorney-General, in a case in question, to artificially reduce the amount of drugs in a trafficker's charges, to differentiate them from those of his accomplice. But the court, in a written judgment by Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong, stressed the A-G's decision to prosecute can be called into question if he acted unfairly in the use of his discretion. In the case, Ramalingam Ravinthran was sentenced to death for trafficking in cannabis, while his accomplice was jailed for 20 years and given 24 strok...

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