Friday, July 25, 2008

Will the police enforce the law?

AUSA will today make a formal complaint to police accusing visiting US Secretary of State Condolezza Rice of war crimes and conspiracy to torture. New Zealand claims universal jurisdiction for both under the Geneva Conventions Act 1958 and Crimes of Torture Act 1989. So, will the police enforce the law and arrest this war criminal?

Given their reaction to the suggestion that she be subjected to a citizens arrest, I doubt it. Which makes it pretty clear that they are more interested in protecting the powerful rather than being a neutral enforcer of the law. And that attitude brings both them and the entire edifice of the law into disrepute.