Retired judge proposes special court for serious crimes

 |Sep 1, 2016
Mohd Noor Abdullah, who was a Court of Appeals judge, said such a court was all the more necessary in view of an increase in the number of crimes such as murder, shooting, gang-rape and armed robbery.
Mohd Noor Abdullah, who was a Court of Appeals judge, said such a court was all the more necessary in view of an increase in the number of crimes such as murder, shooting, gang-rape and armed robbery.

A retired judge has proposed the setting up of a Special Court to dispose of serious crime cases expeditiously and with the appropriate penalty, probably within a year.

Mohd Noor Abdullah, who was a Court of Appeals judge, said such a court was all the more necessary in view of an increase in the number of crimes such as murder, shooting, gang-rape and armed robbery.

“This Special Court will have to try cases and hand down decisions within a year instead of dragging them to two or three years, to the extent that the witnesses get ‘exhausted’.

“For instance, the Chief Judge of Malaya can issue orders that certain cases are serious enough to be dealt with by the Special Court and these cases have to be disposed of within a year,” he said in an exclusive interview with Bernama.

Mohd Noor said heavy punishment should also be meted out to the offenders to prevent them from repeating the crime.

“We usually mete out punishment from light to heavy, for example imposing a fine, then imprisonment and, finally, whipping.

“The laws must be amended to provide for the heaviest sentence to be meted out first followed by the lighter ones. Only then will people be afraid to commit crime; they fear the punishment,” he said.

Source: Bernama