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Originally posted by satsu_jin at 2008-2-14 19:28
Extraterritoriality of the justice system is an international legal standard. The US forces deployed in Europe and Canada etc. have the same status.
This is the major problem ove ...
I can understand that, but if one looks at a number of recent incidents.... "justice" is not always what everyone might want. There are countries in the world today, that would not hold an actual trial. Not that countries like Japan, Germany, Italy, etc. would do such a thing, but I imagine that the local prosecution of another countries military personel... is not a door many sovereign nations want opened.
Take for instance if a Chinese soldier conducting UN missions is accused of a crime. An accusation would not equate to guilt, but if it was common practice to let the immediate country try an individual, that soldier might actually be tried in a court of public opinion (based on political climate), Sharia law, or tribal.... rather than a court of justice Chinese citizens would expect.
I am not arguing for protectionism and if individuals were found guilty of sex crimes (rape, molestation, etc.), by military court, they should be hung..... but we must always look three steps forward in these situations.