25 Feb '12, 7am

Acquitted SSCS Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen meets the Press:

Acquitted SSCS Cove Guardian Erwin Vermeulen meets the Press:

Scott also called into question the flawed principles upon which the entire Japanese judicial system operates. He said, “Terms like ‘presumption of innocence’, ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’, and ‘right to remain silent’ are only words on paper in Japan. I spent most of my professional life investigating crime and building good solid cases. Cases that had to withstand tough scrutiny by a system dedicated to protecting the basic human rights of accused persons. Erwin’s arrest, detention, and investigation were not aberrations. His experience is the norm for Japan. Erwin was persecuted for remaining silent. Erwin was presumed guilty from the outset. Erwin had to prove his innocence instead of the prosecutor having to prove guilt.”

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2012/02/24/sea-...

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Erwin speaks with the press.

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