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    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
    locals are.

    But here’s
    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.

    Believe it
    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.

    For example,
    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
    sex case.

    The British
    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.

    Assange is
    an Australian citizen, and his government has completely abandoned
    him.

    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.

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