Sunday, June 13, 2010

World Cup Crime--4 sentenced to 15 years for robbery 4 Days AFTER being arrested--The World is REALLY coming together...

Not sure how I feel about this. I am a law and order type person, but also believe in due process. Can due process take place in 4 days?  Maybe, in South Africa, anyway...

S Africa dispenses swift justice to lawbreakers
""South Africa offered reassurance over security at the football World Cup when two men were sentenced on Sunday to 15 years in jail only four days after robbing journalists at gunpoint.
The men were convicted of stealing goods worth R38,000 ($5,000, €4,100, £3,350) from three journalists – two from Portugal and one from Spain – at a hotel room in the town of Magaliesburg. They were arrested on Thursday, barely 24 hours after the incident, and brought before a dedicated World Cup court charged with delivering fast-track justice.
The men, together with an accomplice accused of receiving stolen goods, were placed on trial and then convicted and sentenced on Sunday.
“The manner in which the investigation was conducted and finalised sends a stern message that our warnings to criminals were not empty threats,” said Nathi Mthethwa, the police minister""
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