Thursday, January 03, 2008

嚴碧霞虐傭表罪成立,法官諭令出庭自辯

今天早晨,收到了来自妇女力量(tenaganita)的短讯,才知道原来今天是裁决严碧霞虐佣案表面证据是否成立的大日子。

晚上,在我的gmail发现了来自MWG联盟的邮件 -- 严碧霞将于1月28日开始出庭自辩。

等了那么久,终于等到了 -- 至少Nirmila可以先回家了。

我到其他新闻网站,看看有没有相关的报导,后来被我找到了。

(吉隆坡訊)嚴碧霞虐傭案的承審法官週四(3日)判處被告嚴碧霞表罪成立,必須出庭自辯。法官阿達指出,他滿意控方提出的證據以及此案受害人妮瑪拉在庭上的供證。此外,辯方指妮瑪拉因有精神病而自殘、企圖騙取保險金等說法也無法成立。首先他強調,控方提呈的照片清楚顯示出,妮瑪拉報案時身上所有傷痕符合刑事法典320(g)與(h)條文中,所列明的重傷定義。

“所謂一圖勝千言,照片中妮瑪拉的傷勢符合法令界定的重傷定義,最重要的問題,上述的傷害是否由被告所造成。”他表示,基於此案從頭到尾都沒有目擊證人,沒有第三者親眼目睹罪行發生,因此在審訊時唯有依賴妮瑪拉一人的供證。“妮瑪拉的供證至關重要,而身為法官的我也必須全面及謹慎的檢視她所有的供證。”法官在判詞中指出,他以妮瑪拉的言行舉止、整體證據與供詞以及是否有其餘證據佐證三大方面著手,來檢視妮瑪拉供證。

“我觀察妮瑪拉於庭上供證時的表現,發現她無論是回答、肢體動作與神情皆展示她是一個誠實的證人。“雖然口供上存有出入與相互矛盾的地方,可是這不足以構成她不是一個可靠證人的問題。”他表示,報案書整體內容、其餘證人供詞以及獨立證物如照片等也可作為妮瑪拉供詞的佐證。

“在仔細檢視她所有的口供後,可發現所有指責皆一致的指向,妮瑪拉遭受到嚴碧霞虐待的事實。”受害人舉動正常另一方面,針對辯方指妮瑪拉因有精神病而自殘一事,法官表示照片裡展示出受害人背後的傷痕,根本難以自殘造成。

“案件開審的3年裡,我一直留意觀察妮瑪拉的一舉一動,在她多次出庭供證時,沒有顯現出任何神經質的舉動。“她表現鎮定自若,沒有暴力傾向,因此我覺得辯方指她因有精神問題而自殘的說法無法成立。”

至於妮瑪拉涉嫌自殘以騙取保險金的指責,他表示,從妮瑪拉在嚴碧霞住所外被保安員發現,而不是自行前往保安處投訴就可看出,一個存心欺騙的人是不會採取上述行動。基於以上數點,他裁決被告嚴碧霞表面罪成,並可選擇3種方式為自己進行辯護;第一是在證人欗內自辯;第二是在犯人欗自辯;及第三保持沉默。如果選擇第一項,控辯雙方都可以盤問被告;第二項是控辯護雙方不可盤問被告;第三項則是交由法庭裁決。嚴碧霞選擇證人欄自辯。

嚴碧霞在短暫休庭時與兩代表律師日月星與阿峇魯丁商談,最後選擇在證人欄自辯。嚴碧霞在聞判後表現冷靜,反而一旁的丈夫與親友們流露難過神情。而主控官拉惹羅茲拉副檢察司也向法官提出將護照交還妮瑪拉的申請,並獲得法官接納。

法官阿達在考量被告出庭自辯及辯方將傳召數位證人出庭後,將數個審訊日期定在1月28日至5月2日之間,並同意嚴碧霞繼續以相同擔保條件保外候審。此案受害人妮瑪拉週四在印尼大使館代表陪同下出庭旁聽,她在聞判後面無表情。

直到媒體在審訊結束後趨前詢問其感受時,妮瑪拉才露出如釋重負的微笑,並表示感到高興,眼下只希望儘快回到印尼與家人團聚,而且從此不再到大馬。

案情簡介:被告:嚴碧霞(37歲,家庭主婦)原告:妮瑪拉(20歲,印尼女傭)控狀:嚴碧霞面對4項控狀,其中3項控指她使用燙斗和熱開水蓄意嚴重嚴重致傷妮瑪拉,抵觸刑事法典325條文。另一項控狀指她以不鏽鋼杯致傷妮瑪拉,觸犯同法令326條文。刑罰:一旦罪成,如果刑期分開執行,被告面對的最高刑罰是監禁67年。 (星洲日報•2008.01.03)

此案子开审了那么多年,其中因为被告的律师多次刻意找借口拖延,到最后开审的时候,其辩护律师在Cross Examination的“出色”表现,让我们很心寒。

这么严重的伤人案子,都需要经历这样的过程,还不一定可以讨回公道。难怪我以前的前同事在处理女佣被虐待的案子的时候,都不会很坚持的劝这些女佣通过法律来讨回公道。而女佣们亦表示,她们只需要拿回她们应该得到的工钱就可以了。

可以用Iron来弄伤一个人的背部,造成那么严重的伤害。事后,还以受害者的面貌出现,获得媒体的同情的报导。更辨说Nirmila是因为精神有问题而自残 -- 我想连小朋友也不会相信这样的说法。

我期待1月28日的来临,并好好的看一看我们马来西亚的雇主可以厚颜无耻到怎么样的程度。

我更希望的是我们马来西亚的司法可以还等待了4年的Nirmila一个公道,而这个迟来的公道可以警惕我们的雇主,让她们知道如何做一个雇主。

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At January 04, 2008 10:42 PM, Blogger 王妤娴 said...

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At January 04, 2008 10:43 PM, Blogger 王妤娴 said...

A reflection of Nirmala Bonat's Case
By: Alex Ong, Migrant Care

When Housewife Yim Pek Ha was charged with four counts of causing grievous hurt to her former Indonesian maid, many felt relieved that finally the justice prevails in Malaysia. In reality, it is only part of the never ending stories about migrant workers sufferings in Malaysia.

Salute to judge Akhtar Tahir's wisdom to ignore the allegation of falsified travel documents and bio-data created by the employment agencies is an undisputable reality of the human trading regimes at work in the market place.

There are thousand of cases involved migrant workers disputes were ruled in favor of the Malaysia employers based on the inadmissible true identity of the plaintiff because they felt victims to the manipulation of the agents.

Malaysia Industrial Relation courts have been pro-local employers in dealing with the wages claim cases by undocumented workers. The rampant corruptions within the Industrial Relation Courts system have failed its basic roles in dealing with workers –employers' disputes.

Many undocumented migrant workers failed to claim their rightful wages through the Malaysia legal process because of their invalid immigration status in Malaysia.

Indonesia Justice Minister and man power minister, and foreign worker protection head should be hold responsible to such falsification of the travel document, while Malaysia agents are equally guilty for conspiring to ignore and overlooking such human trading conspiration.

What the Malaysia employers did was morally wrong, but the culprits of the interests group that sell human being as a living commodity deserve to be condemn to the hell fires.

Malaysia public should be educated about human trading institution while maid candidates from sending nations should be more alert of the sponsors who tried to lure them into the licensed human traders' mafia.

The role of Indonesia and Malaysia Government should not be reduced application processing only.

We sympathized with Yim for her sadist actions against another human being, but we are more concern about other Indonesian maids who suffer quietly and some even died or disappeared without any trace.

Nirmala Bonat may have start packing up to return to Kupang; it is Indonesian Embassy's obligation to reveal the flow of money and donation to her bank account because Nirmala need to start afresh when returns home.

It is our prayer that former Indonesian ambassador, who has been investigated by Indonesian Anti Corruption Commissions would not mess up the fund donated to Nirmala.

 
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