Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Televising Interrogations

In New York Times' report on the terror in Ayodhya, there's this odd factoid:

The driver of the hired Ambassador car, who had been held for questioning, said in a nationally televised police interrogation that his passengers had requested to see the holy sites of Ayodhya. The driver said the men had offered a prayer at another local temple before attacking the temple.

Nationally televised police interrogation? Is this even legal in India -- afterall, the accused has rights. Besides, isn't it shoddy police work to interrogate someone publicly? Don't people talk more when they feel their words are safe from those not yet under arrest who might wish them harm? Alternatively, can't the suspect use his public soapbox to communicate with other evil-doers out there?

We've previously criticized Indian interrogation techniques for being too rough; making a public spectacle of interrogation is perhaps just as bad.

1 comment:

Anand said...

I too saw him answering to questions on TV. But my impression was that he was answering to journalists' questions. I could be wrong though.


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