Friday, September 08, 2006

PM accused of acting like Pontius Pilate

Melbourne's Fr Peter Norden, who fought against last year's execution in Singapore of drug trafficker Van Nguyen, compared the Prime Minister's response to that of Pontius Pilate who washed his hands as Christ faced execution.

"The Prime Minister is signalling through such duplicitous language that he has already given up in this matter", says Fr Norden, "and if I was a family member of one of those facing execution, I would be very disappointed".

"Like Pontius Pilate he is washing his hands of the case, saying that the Australian Government shares no responsibility in this matter and can do little about it".

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