Tag Archives: Court decision

Pakistan Disputes Center Around Musharraf Judges

President Musharraf arranged for the return of Benzair Bhutto as well as that of Nawaz Sharif with the understanding both would be allowed to participate in the political arena despite the fact both had been convicted of prior crimes against the state. Sharif is leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-N and placed his name in nomination to run for a seat in parliament but the court which was appointed by President Musharaff turned down the request on grounds he had a prior conviction. This has aroused the fury of both the PML-N and the governing Pakistan People’s Party which regard the court decision as invalid.

Pakistan can ill afford a constitutional crisis at this moment in its existence. Hopefully, calm voices will find a way for Nawaz to engage in politics without the need for street demonstrations and threats. It is time for Musharraf to display leadership by urging the courts to change their decision.

Australian Court Allows Some Underage Sex

A court in the New South Wales, Australia, ruled if a man honestly believed and could reasonably conclude the girl with whom he was having sex was not underage, then it was a legal action. Until the Australian parliament five years ago changed the law, in NSW it was not an illegal underage sex encounter if the man:
* honestly and reasonably believed their partner was at least 16, the age of consent;
* the partner consented to sex;
* the partner was at least 14 years old.

The High Court ruled in favor of a man convicted of having sex with a girl who was underage. In October, 2004, a fifteen year old girl went out drinking and was assaulted by the defendant an two other males. He was acquitted of sexual assault but convicted of underage sex. The High Court by a six to one vote concluded the defendant honestly believed the girl was not underage and she did not look to be. The Court also noted in the criminal case against CTM he never testified and no one bothered to ask the girl if she had told CTM that she was 16.