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Everything was the other prisoners,” said Ahmad Faisal, a Malaysian who was caned in 2002. Caning victims told Amnesty International about a range of folk treatments which are handed down among prisoners. “It took a week to heal”, said Nassuruddin, a 28-year-old Malaysian who received five strokes. “You can’t eat fat, oil, you can’t eat eggs. ” Malaysian prisoners, in particular, discussed similar dietary regimes to aid healing. Victims also said they resorted to whatever herbal remedies were available.

I feel weak and feel pain in the wound,” said Lam No, a 23-year-old Burmese refugee who was caned in July 2008 at Sungai Pateni Prison. According to a forensic pathologist consulted by Amnesty International, pain in sitting results from the scarring of fatty tissue in the buttocks by the cane. Pain in standing, he explained, would result from deeper scarring in the gluteus muscle tissue. Index: ASA 28/013/2010 Amnesty International December 2010 A Blow to Humanity: 41 Torture by Judicial Caning in Malaysia “I have back pain, and sometimes I can’t walk properly.

He told me it’s to touch your conscience. ” Mohd Ghazali, a 29-year-old Malaysian who was given three strokes in 2003 for drug-related offences. For the Malaysian state, as the prosecutor explained to Mohd Ghazali, the purpose of caning is not only to punish the victim for a past crime, but deter crime in the future. 44 When an official video of the caning of a prisoner was leaked on the Internet in 2007, Deputy Internal Security Minister Fu Ah Kiow said: “The video is a means to educate the public and to show how hideous caning can be.

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