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Legal?

I was interested to read a cou0le of days ago that Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law had been arrested by the CIA in Jordan and flown to the US where he has already appeared in court, charged with ‘plotting against America’. He may well be a bad man, in line for his just deserts, but . . .

As a Kuwaiti citizen is there any basis on law for his arrest on foreign soil? If there is, when can we expect to see Kim Jong-un in a US courtroom?

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  1. Patricia (Pat) Wright
    March 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Guess I don’t read the newspaper too well as I didn’t catch the news of Bin Laden’s son-in-law arrest. I am really disturbed that my government is “invading” other countries to arrest the “baddies”. Find it hard to believe it’s either constitutional or moral. You’re right, there are a lot of baddies in every country who wish us ill-does that mean we can go into those countries and capture them? I’m appalled!

  2. teargas
    March 10, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Basis in law? Yes, of course there is: issue an international arrest warrant with a multitude of evidence and supporting doucuments but then the political, legal and enforcement authorities in the host country would have to be in agreement and comply with the terms of the warrant. Often this doesn’t happen or, if it does, it takes a very,very long time. Faced with massive amounts of red tape (and we musn’t forget that when these things occur sometimes, rightly or wrongly, the time is now) there are other solutions and we would be naive to imagine that there is no grey, greyer or decidedly dark side. QJ himself frequently mentions it in the Skinner books: do we approve of it, does it make us feel safer or more insecure, is it worth it? Matter of opinion but most so-called “advanced” countries do it and have been doing it for a very long time and I think we all know that. Mostly, the services involved would prefer that we don’t know anything about it all. Nature of the beast but, when it all comes tumbling out, should we be appalled? I suppose it depends on which side you’re on and there’s a major question – why do we need to take sides and who invented sides in the first place?
    Just a thought.

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