The prisoner is being prodded toward the place of execution, and his crime is that he spoke about the coming of the kingdom of something OTHER THAN rule by Rome.
He had been welcomed, some time earlier, by HUGE crowds, praising him.
And he was known as a VERY convincing speaker.
And the city was MOBBED by people in town for the MAJOR feaast!
So, if he had cried out to the mob in the streets to KILL the Roman soldiers, and set him free, that very well might have happened.
And yet, there are some of his followers, women, weeping at the sight of him being prodded toward the spot of public execution.
And, contrary to their ORDERS, and contrary to their self-interest in getting the job DONE and getting home ALIVE, the Romans let him take a break, and speak to them!
Does ANYBODY seriously think the soldiers would have taken the RISK of letting him say anything to ANYBODY???