Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Food: Porridge

So, it's porridge for the (ex?) IMF chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, aka DSK...

For his (alleged) sins, DSK will now face some thinking time in the New York's notorious Rikers Island prison, after the judge denied him bail, even if $1 million was on offer. I must say that, for a man who was arrested hastily boarding a flight home, I agree with the judge that he is a risk in terms of scarpering. And I may even agree that for a man of his wealth and status any bail offer may be too low for comfort. What I honestly do not understand is why he has then been sent to Rikers island prison where "famous people are preyed upon". Don't get me wrong, as an alleged rapist DSK denied bail, DSK most certainly needs to be kept behind proper bars. But I am sure that, even in America, there are prisons that are safer for celebrities. From the point of view of an IMF chief, any prison cell 11 by 13 feet is message enough. It doesn't need to be in a hell hole, too. With this American attitude it is no great wonder that they had to deny bail for fear of DSK leaving the country and then his extradition being denied by an otherwise friendly state, e.g. France or Britain. European states are already growing increasingly wary of American "justice" system anyway. Just look at the case of poor Gary McKinnon. Whatever the rhetoric, the main reason UK has still not extradited him is for fear of him being mistreated along the lines of Brad Manning. After all, DSK is currently only accused, and even US justice system is supposed to work on the basis presumption of innocence. Sure, once (if) he's found guilty lock him up and throw away the key. Rapists rarely deserve better. But until then, can we please treat him in a, if not nice, then at least a safe way? Otherwise, what happens if he's harmed at Rikers Island? Even if he is guilty, it surely isn't up to a fellow convict to exact justice? So, America, do get your act together on that justice thing. Pretty please?

Otherwise, we might as well hang 'em all right now...