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Does the statement "Why we are not charging person x is confidential" make sense?

Asked by flo (11237points) May 14th, 2014

If the prosecutors decided to not charge the owner of the building Rana Plaza in Bangladesh (or whatever other example esp. in a western democracy) and said that the reason is confidential” would that make sense? Is there a circumstance where that position would make sense?

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Dan_Lyons's avatar

This usually indicates that those claiming the reason is confidential are part of the original problem being swept under the rug.

ibstubro's avatar

Government ownership or involvement. Either the host government or a close ally. It’s too much of a political embarrassment, is my guess.

marinelife's avatar

It is possible that they are still investigating.

flutherother's avatar

It makes sense only in a country where corruption is rife.

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elbanditoroso's avatar

Sure. And it might not be about politics or cronyism. Maybe the police are using him for some other reason, on another case, and they don’t want to rock that boat.

The point is that, for whatever reason, they seem to think that the costs of charging the guy would be higher than the costs of not charging him. And they’re in the position to make that call.

Is it correct? No way to know. We’re not there, We don’t have the facts.

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rojo's avatar

I cannot see a situation in which the reason not pressing charges would need to be confidential.

Oh, wait! Yes I can; Money Talks.

Jaxk's avatar

It is possible that another undercover investigation may be in progress and could be compromised by filing charges. Or it may just be the prosecutors brother-in-law. Prosecutors can do pretty much what ever they want so it’s hard to tell.

LuckyGuy's avatar

OK! HERE; is the correct link .

flo's avatar

Thank you all.

“Asked why Edward Burkhardt, owner of the railway, was not charged, Verret said the decision to press charges is the legal opinion of the prosecutor based on “information which must remain confidential.”
Here is the story.

Original story

Thank you @LuckyGuy for the link.

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