Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Britain Seeks Ex-KGB in Litvinenko Case: Wednesday's Cartoon

Well, if this isn't one of the creepiest constitutional loopholes, I don't know what is. Not only is the Kremlin not willing to extradite a former KGB spy to face criminal charges in Britain; but according to article 61 of its constitution, NO Russian citizen can be handed over to another state for committing a crime... any crime!

Now I don't know about you, but I find this more than a little disturbing; especially since their World Cup soccer team has struggled ever since the break-up of the Soviet Union. I mean who knows; maybe the fact they didn't qualify in 2006 was actually a good thing for the other teams because it spared them (and their fans) a horrible fate... after eliminating them in the opening round ;)

The mysterious case of Alexander Litvinenko has been made practically impossible for the British courts to prosecute, now that the Russian officials have refused to hand over the investigation's prime suspect. So, as long as he remains shielded by Russia, the actual motive behind the former spy's poisoning could remain a secret indefinitely. However, since we already know that Mr. Litvenenko was an outspoken critic of the Putin government at the time he was "silenced", maybe the only thing British officials have to do is "criticize" the Kremlin as well; and Moscow would be more than willing to send their suspect back to Britain ;)

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