"He never treated them badly"

"He never treated them badly"

He hardly drank, his wife said. And he never smoked.

Yet Madam Jeleha Haji Said said that while they still had rations of cigarettes for inmates then, her husband's office would be stocked with cartons of smokes that he would give out to prisoners who asked.

They're already going to die so why leave them unhappy, he used to tell his wife.

Was he troubled by his job, which required him to take a life?

"He told me that these people, they have done something wrong and need to be punished. He's doing his job, and that's how he sees it, it's his job.

"He never treated any of them badly, you know. He was very good to them, like friends," she said.


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