Sandra Day O'Connor
former US Supreme Court Judge
"The power to prosecute is one of the most awesome powers of the state. Without proper checks and balances it can easily be abused by those in power to humiliate and discredit innocent people."
"Even when the injustice is corrected, its victims are often left with their reputations permanently damaged.
"In Malaysia, the power to prosecute is being used to try to discredit...
"The Malaysian authorities need to recognise that there is no way that continued pursuit of [criminal] charges can be viewed as credible, given the history of prosecutorial abuse and manipulation of evidence.
"We are deeply concerned that the safety, freedom and reputation of an important leader in the Muslim world are at risk.
"So, too, is the integrity of Malaysia's judicial system and along with it the credibility of the government in general. The future of Malaysia as an example of success for the developing world and for the entire Muslim world may be at stake."
-Former US supreme court judge Sandra Day O'Connor (left) and former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid said in a column for the Financial Times yesterday