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Air plot suspects

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I’m always a little shocked by the naming of suspects of crimes, such as in BBC News: Air plot suspects: Names released“. I’ve always been a follower of the principal of “Innocent until proven guilty”, although I realize that for the investigation it might be needed to release the names of the suspects.

Living in a country where the DOJ and the media have an agreement to not publish the names of suspects to protect them, unless they are still at large, I am quite used to seeing “Mink K.”, “Willem H.” or even “Lucia de B.” (who was found guilty).

Naturally with a little bit of searching on the Internet I can find out that “Mink K.” is actually “Robert ‘Mink’ Kok” and I don’t even have to search to find out that the guy known as “Willem H.” is “Willem Holleeder”, but these are the huge cases in the news. Smaller cases usually don’t get enough coverage for the name to be accidentally dropped to the public at large, as the information is freely available to the press. It’s the press who protect the innocent.

I’ll end with a quote: “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”

EDIT: it turns out Lucia de B was the subject of a miscarriage of justice.

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Written by Daniël W. Crompton (webhat)

August 12, 2006 at 5:03 pm

Posted in politics, security, terrorism

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