Chambers of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Heart of Khanates Complex, MîöMïö Plaza, Tkânâtdövâkhîâsâât
The Cama Committee Room in which the Truth and Reconciliation Commission met was filled with energy as the nineteen commissioners, jurists selected by the Cama, entered the room and took their seats on the imposing benches at the front. Below sat a short, stocky fellow whose fate hung in the balance of these dour-faced men and women.
«Citizen Êdgâr Döêrtöl,» the High Commissioner, a Cama member from Hâplâtö, began, «this Commission has heard your testimony regarding your conduct as leader of the village of Zâvdâgö in Âltêâ during the Krech occupation. In said testimony, you have admitted to ordering police cooperation with Krech forces in the taking of hostages for the purpose of coercing the Dovakhanese Resistence and its allies into submission. In your defense, you have stated that, had you not complied, your life, the lives of those closest to you, and additional citizens would be in danger. Is this a reasonable presentation of your testimony?» he asked.
«Yes, High Commissioner» the asylum-seeker responded.
«Right then… as your counsel has no doubt informed you, your actions constitute a clear violation of Article 4(a) of the Fourth Geneva Convention, an accord to which Dovakhan and Krechzianko were equally bound at the time, that prohibits hostage taking and all violence against noncombatant civilians. Furthermore, as a public official, it is required of you to put the needs of the community you represent before your own, up to a point.
In fact, your testimony has cast reasonable doubt as to whether or not this point was reached and your case was allowed an additional hearing to determine whether or not the Republic-Khanates of Dovakhan, legal sucessor to the now-defunct Republic of Dovakhan, should grant you amnesty on this matter. The Commission has deliberated and reached at verdict. All rise for the Commission’s decision» the High Commissioner said. With that, all in the room rose and gave their full attention to the front.
«On the matter of Citizen Êdgâr Döêrtöl, Decision #0001-2, it is the opinion of this Commission that the aforementioned party did not act unreasonably for a time of war, having weighed his options with a gravity expected of a public official. And even though the hostages were tortured, he prevented harm from befalling many more of his constituants. Furthermore, the Citizen has been extremely forthcoming on the matter and expressed his deep and personal regret for the result of his decisions.
Therefore, the Commission will grant a writ of amnesty from prosecution to the aforementioned party, a writ to be signed by the Khagan-Chancellor. This hearing is thus adjourned, the testifier and observing public are free to go»
Thus the Commission concluded its first case and granted asylum for the first time in its short history. Soon there would be many more to come forward in the name of truth. However, not all would receive the same mercy granted to Êdgâr Döêrtöl.