What the living crap? Belgian

by Nathan Hamm on 8/27/2003

What the living crap?
Belgian justice sucks. After briefly holding Saied Baghban
for his alleged involvement in the deadliest terrorist attack in
Argentine history, Belgian authorities let him go because he has
diplomatic immunity. The hypocrisy of this is absolutely maddening. If
a Belgian takes it upon himself to file suit against our Secretary of
State or President, it’s “watch out! we mean business.” When an
Argentine judge issues an international arrest warrant though,
diplomatic immunity is very important – they won’t go through hearings.
Belgium has signed the Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings
[note: they haven’t ratified it, and it was created after the 1994
bombing, but still… they usually have a strange conception of “law”
in Belgium, so I would expect them to follow this] which says:

States Parties are required to establish jurisdiction over
and make punishable, under their domestic laws, the offences described,
to extradite or submit for prosecution persons accused of committing or
aiding in the commission of the offences, and to assist each other in
connection with criminal proceedings under the Convention. The offences
referred to in the Convention are deemed to be extraditable offences
between States Parties under existing extradition treaties, and under
the Convention itself.

C’mon Belgium, do you really care or do you just play-act at it?


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