Politicians and Deceptions
An amazing story of the former British Energy Minister Chris Huhne has been exposed to the world by the Western media for lying and getting an eight month jail sentence by the Southwark Crown Court in London last week.
This coincides with a controversial issue surrounding 'lying' by the Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka in Sri Lanka after getting involved in a 'hit and run' allegation. More and more information and eyewitness reports going viral in all the possible directions have led to a full scale police investigation, the latest being the Mirihana Superintendent of Police summoning the eye witnesses to the scene of the accident.
One of his own government ministerial colleagues, the Acting State Minister for International Trade, has been quoted in the press as commenting: " If evidence proves his involvement, Champika will be arrested as law in the land is applicable to all."
Convicted for speeding
The former British Energy Minister was convicted for speeding, where he could have ended up being prosecuted, heavily fined (with penalty points added to his licence) and/or got his driving licence cancelled for committing the same offence for the second time. To get out of such a legal mess he had persuaded his 'then-wife' Vicky Pryce to admit to the Police as the driver at the time of committing the speeding offence. Vicky Pryce accepted the charge and absorbed penalty points on her licence for her husband's speeding offence in 2003.
This kind of behaviour by some of the politicians, wherever they may be, appears to be very common, as most of them do not seem to have a backbone to come clean and face the music after any misdemeanor, but chicken out due to fear or cowardice. In such unfortunate circumstances either an innocent driver or a poor employee becomes a guineapig resulting the innocent man's family to endure the shock and suffering by going through the ordeal while the master escapes strategically with suitable alibis.
The British politicians case is a clear-cut example where his 'former-wife' had come to his rescue and saved his skin from dishonour and public disgrace. By the same token it needs to be highlighted how on various occasions even Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana had been stopped by UK police and charged for over speeding, but they have always humbly admitted their mistake and given their credentials to the Police. In turn the Police executed their unbiased duty, finally ending up in Court hearings.
When summons arrived at Buckingham Palace, a representative from the Royal Household has represented the victims at Courts and paid the appropriate fine as in the case of an ordinary citizen's procedure.
This is British justice at its height. The Sri Lankan minister's flat refusal to show his Identity to the two witnesses, once they blocked the fleeing jeep after a marathon chase, blocking it and demanded to identify the driver, makes one smell a rat, or could it be put down to downright smugness?
The British politician's suppressed guilty conscience for two years which managed to hoodwink the Police and authorities about his crime resurfaced in an amazing development once again giving rise to a sensational scandal on his personal life too, which has been exposed worldwide. The case was taken up once gain at Southwark Crown Court in London recently.
It started with a humiliating exposure at the second trial with his marriage to Vicky Pryce in 1984, followed by a spiteful separation in June 2010 when Chris Huhne sought solace, contentment and gratification out of his mistress and Media Adviser, Carina Tringham, and walked out of his legal wife.
After the breakdown of her marriage, and as an act of vendetta, Vicky Pryce decided to leak out details of Chris Huhne's deception to a journalist in 2011, which finally led to the resumption of a new Police investigation and a re-trial.
At the new trial, the prosecution alleged that Huhne had asked Pryce to accept the responsibility and the fault for his speeding with the fear of his losing his driving licence as he had been prosecuted before. It was certain that on the second occasion he was sure to lose his licence for the 'repeated offence.'
After two years of continuous denials, former energy secretary Chris Huhne had to plead guilty finally to perverting the course of justice, stating that he "persuaded his then-wife, Vicky Pryce, to accept penalty points on her licence for his own speeding offense in 2003."
Added to such evidence, SMS conversations between Chris Huhne and his youngest son Peter produced before the Magistrate said it all.
Young Peter to his father Chris Huhne: "We all know that you were driving and you put pressure on mum. Accept it or face the consequences. You've told me that was the case. Or will this be another lie?"
Chris Huhne to Peter: "I have no intention of sending Mum to Holloway Prison for three months- Dad."
Peter to his father: "Are you going to accept your responsibility or do I have to contact the police and tell them what you told me?"
On Christmas Day 2011, Chris Huhne sent a text to his son Peter saying "Happy Christmas. Love you, Dad." Peter replied: "Well I hate you, so f*** off."
Chris Huhne was sentenced to eight month's jail to perverting the course of justice, saying he persuaded his then-wife, Vicky Pryce to accept penalty points on her licence for his own speeding offense in 2003.
Vicky Pryce denied the charges against her, citing marital coercion in defence but she was also convicted at the retrial, resulting in the eight-month jail sentence for accepting penalty points.
So Chris Huhne has now joined a small but notorious band of former UK Cabinet Ministers who have served time in government and in Jail. In Sri Lanka people are eagerly waiting to see justice prevailing in Minister Champika's "hit and run case."
"Neither in the sky, nor deep in the ocean, nor in mountain cave, nor anywhere, can a man be free from the evil he has done." - Dhamma Pada Verse 127