by Simon Black: All
Transactions To Be Conducted in the Presence of a Tax Collector
When most people
think of Brazil, it’s the incredible beaches that come to mind.
Or the crazy parties of Carnival. Or the spectacular vistas and
great weather. Or how indescribably gorgeous (and welcoming) the
a little known fact, and it’s something that sets Brazil apart
from most other places: Brazil’s constitution prohibits the
extradition of Brazilian citizens to other countries. This is a
rare gem in the world… I’ll explain.
or not, most countries are happy to sell their citizens down the
river to another government. If you have been charged with a crime
in another country, or are even simply ‘wanted for questioning’,
your home government in all likelihood will comply with the request
to round you up and ship you off.
only 7% of all extradition requests that the US government made
to the British government between 1 January 2004 and 31 July 2009
were denied. The US government denied ZERO extradition requests
from the British government over the same period.
You may also
be familiar the ongoing case of Wikileaks’ founder Julian Assange,
who is wanted in Sweden for “questioning” related to bizarre
government approved Sweden’s extradition request, though Assange
has appealed the decision numerous times. He’s lost every appeal
so far, and in all likelihood he’ll be on a plane bound for
Sweden in the near future.
an Australian citizen, and his government has completely abandoned
You may also
remember the more recent case of Kim Dotcom, the German founder
of MegaUpload.com who was arrested in New Zealand as part of a US
operation to shut down his file-sharing site. Like Assange, the
German government has been silent.