The presumption of innocence is an international protective legal norm – whether in civil or common law jurisdictions. It’s an integral part of the principle of fairness. We are increasingly witnessing a sustained assault on this time tested legal principle.
In Nigeria, in 2009, Mohammed Yusuf the acclaimed leader of the ferocious and violent Islamic sect, which goes by the name Boko Haram, was brutally ‘murdered’ by the police. He was shot with cuffs in hands by the Nigerian police. Where was the presumption of innocence? Without prejudice to the on going investigation of the tragic death of young Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman in some quarters, is already presumed guilty. Where is the presumption of innocence? It seems there is the tendency that we confuse presumption of innocence with other concepts. For a didactic analysis of presumptions, assumptions and assertions, and how they colour our perceptions of crime, read herehttp://surftofind.com/justice