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在加纳打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE  

2013-05-29 21:45:54|  分类: 加纳记忆 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚    一提到“打官司”三个字,没人会不头痛,一来牵扯精力,耗神费心,二来浪费财力,搞不好甚至倾家荡产。对于打官司的事一向很抵触,从未想过自己会卷入其中。但这样的事居然在加纳发生了,不过与我个人无关,而是代表公司起诉一名偷油的工人。 

    工地上工人的偷窃现象非常猖獗,大到发电机、汽车配件、汽油,小到钉子、挖土工具甚至一些木板之类的,什么都偷。在国内外企工作时,也遇到过同样的情况,偷窃成风,大家都认为拿外国人的东西不拿白不拿。加纳工人可能也是这样的心态吧,没有和他们真正聊过此事,即使聊他们也不会说心里话。和他们很难交心,也不可能,他们知道项目结束我们就会回国,我们也很清楚,用“露水夫妻”形容这种工作关系很恰当,无伤大雅。  
    
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
    偷盗泛滥给公司带来很大损失,有一次丢了一个发动机,价值几千美元,报了警,当地警察来了几次,花了不少钱,请客送礼,可最后还是不了了之,可谓赔了夫人又折兵!老板很生气,决定抓典型,狠狠处理几个,杀鸡给猴看!就是这么巧,开完会没多久,就抓到一个司机偷油,是我的助手Sam抓到的,下次会专门介绍他。一天下午下班时,Sam搭晚班的运土车回家,发现开车的司机偷了一大桶汽油,足有5加仑,被抓后那个司机丢下油跑了。当时也没想把事弄大,所以放出风去,说只要他回来认错就既往不咎,可过了三天他还是不来,后来老板知道了此事,这才不得不下心将他告上法庭。
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚    开庭那天,我带着目击证人和证据也就是那桶油准时到庭。本来说好9:00开庭,可是黑人的工作效率就是低,什么都是慢节奏,我在车里小睡一觉,10:00多才接到开庭通知。别说,旁听的人很多,挤得满满的。在法庭上看到那个司机可怜巴巴地望着我,眼神中流露着乞求。他姐姐也来了,虽然没和我说话,但听Sam说她想求我放过她弟弟。我是个“心太软”的人,可是到了这个份上,没有退路了,箭已离弦,无法收回。法官先宣布开庭,然后由助理将案件的过程叙述一遍,接着让我们出示证据,让证人出庭作证,也就是Sam。我也作为证人出庭,和电影里演的完全一样,先将手放在圣经上发誓“所说均为事实”,然后回答法官的提问。法庭上我“慷慨陈词”,将整个过程详细叙述一遍,特意强调了给被告3天时间让他主动认错的情况。被告司机对我所说都认可,没有提出任何异议。这样法庭辩论阶段就算结束了,审判结果要等一周后才能出来。
  
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
    回去后,几天心情都不好,尽管不愿意做这种事,可是身不由己啊!一周后宣判结果出来了,那个司机被判入狱2年,而且要到很远的监狱去服刑。为此我流泪了,说心里话真的不愿意看到这样的事发生,可它就发生了,我亲手将一个年轻人送进了监狱,仅仅为了一桶油!尽管不是我的本意,可毕竟是我一手操作的。这件事在心中留下了很深的阴影,直到现在一想起来还是百感交集,也不知那个司机后来怎么样了,他一定很恨我,尽管我没做错什么,其实做人很多时候都是各为其主,身不由己!
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
 

 
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
 

 

 
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
 

 
打官司——忆加纳(九)A COURT EXPERIENCE - 飚 - 飚
 

Talking about involving in lawsuits, I believe nobody will like it because it is not only energy-consuming but also money-wasting and if not handling properly it even may cause ONE to break the bank. I don’t like it at all and never think I myself will involve in it. However, it happened in Ghana. Luckily it had nothing to do with me, for I sued on behalf of our company a local worker who stole gasoline.

The stealing cases by the local workers were quite rampant on the site. They stole everything they could get at hand from articles big as generators and truck spare parts to those small as nails and digging tools and even some waste wooden plates and paperboards. When I worked in foreign companies in China, the same thing happened because everybody thought it was stupid not to take the properties of a foreign company. Maybe the Ghanaian workers had the same mentality. I never talk about the issue with them formally and I knew even I did so they would never speak their mind. It was difficult and also impossible to have real communication with them because they knew we would go back to China after the completion of the project and we were also very clear about it. It was quite proper, though unpleasant to hear, to describe such relation as “illicit lovers”.

Such rampant stealing had brought great damage to the company. Once, a truck engine worth several thousand US dollars was stolen. Local policemen came and went several times but ended up with nothing definite though we spent a lot of money to treat them, just like throwing good money despite bad. It was just like a play that after the meeting in which our boss said we must punish some thieves as severe as possible to warn all the workers a driver was caught for stealing gasoline. The driver was caught by my assistant Sam, whom I would dedicate an episode to talk about. One afternoon when Sam took a free ride to go home on this driver’s truck, he found him steeling a large barrel of gasoline, five gallons full. The drive ran away without taking the oil. At the moment I didn’t want to make it big, just saying that if the driver came to acknowledge his wrong doing I would forgive him. But after three days the driver didn’t show himself up and in the mean time the boss knew the case, so I had no choice but put him to the court.

On the day of opening, I took the witness and the barrel of gasoline to the court, which was supposed to open at 9:00 but didn’t open on time. Their work efficiency was very low, so I came back to the car to have a nap till 10:00 when I got the notice that the court was open. It was out of my expectation that the court crowded with a lot of people. On the court I saw the driver, who looked at me pathetically with a pair of begging eyes. Sam told me that the driver’s sister also came. Though she didn’t talk with me but from her eyes I could see that she really wanted me to pardon her brother. I was a softhearted man but there was no way to draw the case back since the arrow had already released. The judge declared the opening of the court, and then the assistant announced the rules of the court. Next, the judge asked us to present the evidence, the barrel of gasoline. Then the witness, that was Sam, was asked to give his testimony, and I also present the case on the court. Just like in a film, I put my hand on the Bible and swore that what I would say was the truth, and then answered the judge’s questions. In the court I spoke righteously and vigorously to describe the whole process in detail and especially emphasized that I gave the defendant three days’ allowance for him to offer his apology. The defendant acknowledged what I said without any objection. This way the court debate was concluded but we have to wait for a week before the final result was announced.

Coming back, I was very unhappy. I didn’t want to do such kind of thing but I had no choice. A week later came the result that the driver was sentenced 2 years’ imprisonment in a remote prison. I couldn’t help but burst into tears for I didn’t want such matter to happen, but it did happen that I myself sent a young man into the prison though I didn’t intend to do so. I was deeply depressed and up till now I still feel a mixed emotion coming out of my heart every time I think of it. I knew nothing about the driver thereafter, but definitely I knew he must hate me very much though I did nothing wrong. Sometimes people have to do what they don’t want to do for it is impossible for anyone to control everything!

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