The Federal Court this morning heard the Home Ministry's move to strike out the Shah Alam High court that ordered the release of Raja Petra late last year. Even before the beginning of the hearing, we smelt the rat when request to have 7 or 5 judges sit over the case was not granted. Instead three were appointed and one had a dubious reputation. Even his early recusing himself was a choreographed charade. Finally his two other brothers "reinstated" him and as you will now have known, they have postponed to 23rd February for THEIR judgement. The obnoxious chicanery was so obvious that I left the court room. This was my first introduction to a kangaroo court. With all these shinanigans we are reliably informed by insiders in the Palace of Justice that the judgment was already penned.
What is a kangaroo court? Origin are varied but I believe that this source encapsulates the gist of what makes a court a kangaroo court:
The term is often applied to courts subjectively judged as such, while others consider the court to be legitimate and legal. A kangaroo court may be a court that has had its integrity compromised; for example, if the judge is not impartial and "refuses" to be recused.
It may also be an elaborately scripted event intended to appear fair while having the outcome predetermined from the start. Terms meaning "show trial", like the German Schauprozess, indicate the result is fixed before (usually guilty): the "trial" is just for show. Notorious were Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's kangaroo trials against his enemies, whom he labeled enemies of the people, notably in the context of the Great Purge. Another example is Roland Freisler's "processes" against the enemies of the National-Socialist regime.
In 2008, Singapore’s Attorney-General applied to the High Court to commence contempt proceedings against three individuals who appeared in the new Supreme Court building wearing identical white T-shirts bearing a palm-sized picture of a kangaroo dressed in a judge’s gown.I picked this up from another source: it is clear that it has become a dump for the junk that gets rejected from the real legal system.
Oh yes, haven't we progressed?
Here is a good Pink Floyd offering titled The Trial.....you are at liberty to draw your own conclusions. I already have..
WARNING!! Nudity and Disturbing imagery!