03 August, 2007

Malaysia : Naked prison caning video draws fury

No, it wasn't from a sicko snuff movie, the video was an official recording that had been leaked onto the Internet !

How did this video 'escape' from the prison?

A video has been posted on the internet since March 3 this year showing how a prisoner was caned with rotan until his skins split with blood.

Entitled: "Malaysia Caning Judicial Corporal Punishment" and captioned "This link was posted by one of our fellow leakers. Thought it was pretty good, but does anyone know what happened to cause this?", the video did not reveal the location of the prison and the time it was taken.

However, the prison grounds appear to be in Malaysia looking at the uniform worn by the officers. It also appears that those present were aware that the whole episode was being filmed.

(The Malaysian Bar)

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia defended on Friday its practice of caning criminals after a disturbing video of a prison-yard caning session burst onto the Internet, reigniting criticism from lawyers and human rights advocates.

In the video, a naked man is shown strapped to an upright wooden frame, his rear exposed to a uniformed official who lifts a meter-long ratan stick above his head before bringing it down on the prisoner's buttocks, tearing the flesh with each strike.

The video, in which the moaning and shaking prisoner is struck six times, has spread quickly across the Internet, capturing headlines in the Web sites of some European newspapers and forcing the Malaysian government on to the defensive.

"The government at this stage has no plans to abolish the cane as part of punishment," Deputy Internal Security Minister Fu Ah Kiow told Reuters by telephone.

He said the video was an official recording that had been leaked onto the Internet. The video had been produced for deterrent purposes, with excerpts shown during anti-narcotic education sessions to would-be drug dealers, he added.

"This video was taken officially by us for a demonstration purpose, but it is not supposed to have the victim's face identified. Somehow somebody must have taped (copied) it."

Malaysia is not alone in caning criminals, which critics say breaches human rights norms, including the U.N. Convention Against Torture. Neighbouring Singapore also wields the ratan stick and caused a U.S. outcry 13 years ago when it caned an American teenager, Michael Fay, four times for vandalism.

But Malaysia's Bar Council, which represents about 12,000 lawyers, recently called for a ban on caning, saying the "cruel" practice was rising in Malaysia, especially on illegal immigrants after hasty hearings arranged at crammed detention centres.

"They have started imposing the caning sentence in a more rigorous way and it can affect anyone who comes in (to Malaysia) without a passport or papers, so it happens to asylum-seekers and refugees," said Latheefa Koya, of the council's Legal Aid Centre.

The government denied use of the cane was widespread against illegal immigrants and Deputy Internal Security Minister Fu said it was reserved mainly for the traffickers of illegal immigrants in addition to drug-traffickers and violent criminals.

Fu said the government also faced calls from victims of crime for the use of the cane to be maintained or even increased for some serious crimes "in view of the crime rate in Malaysia".

Crime is seen as a major electoral issue in the run-up to a possible early general election, expected early next year.

"We respect the view of the Bar Council but there are many other views from the people and also from the victims of crimes that there should be an increase (in caning)," Fu said.

Source: CNN

View the video clip from LiveLeak here, and one from YouTube titled "Severely Caned In Malaysia " here.



Anonymous J.T. said...

I could not continue watching. That is total cruelty. I always thought that the lashes they got would just leave red marks.

Hell! That is just cruel - tearing into the skin and flesh.

August 04, 2007 1:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does the US and Europe continue doing business with countries such as Maylasia and Singapore? Could it be called greed? These governments do not adhere to international calls for human rights and continue to abuse their prisoners, foreigners, illegals, and now women in Maylasia. When will this flogging frenzy end? These regimes cite their reasons as "rule of law" and or "asian culture." However inflicting deliberate cruelty upon another human being is unforgiveable and for which there is no justification. These countries need to feel the consequences of their barbaric actions.

February 26, 2010 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The people who are mostly caned in Malaysia are those convicted of such crimes as child rape - for such a crime I would have them whipped weekly for their entire sentence or until they hung themselves - having been a victim myself as a child those who constantly cry of the human rights of these animals makes me sick. I believe you forfeit you human rights when you desicrate the rights of others.

April 12, 2010 4:33 AM  
Blogger Jimbo said...

What you see on the video is just the wound right after caning. I've seen caning wounds after 1 or 2 weeks after the prisoner was caned (this particular person is a drug trafficker that escaped the gallow). It's very painful to see it to say the least. It will be swollen and the cuts will be much deeper then you can ever imagine. Creams had to be applied to it to stop the infections. As cruel as it seems, this serves to remind these people and the people that are about to commit any type of crimes to think before they commit. Unfortunately for this person, he did not change and went back to his old ways of drug trafficking and/or addiction. Fortunately, for me, seeing his wound with my own eyes really had an impact on me that I vow not to get into troubles with the law. I could never forget the image.

February 11, 2011 7:49 PM  

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