Final Word from Tuesday, January 14, 2020



Some Czechs who were appalled by the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani weren't bothered at all by the unconstitutional extradition to the U.S. of suspected Russian hacker Yevgeny Nikulin, although the principle was the same. It's called extraterritorial jurisdiction. The U.S. claims the right to bring a foreign national to justice for committing a crime against it while located in a third country. Banks have been fined billions of dollars based on this, and sanctions were imposed recently on companies working on Nord Stream 2. MP Karel Schwarzenberg said that it was a violation of international law for the U.S. to kill a representative of a foreign country while located in a third country. Yet he approved of the extradition of Nikulin and denied Nikulin the presumption of innocence by saying that he had "caused great damage." As Schwarzenberg might now see, condoning any form of extraterritorial justice is a slippery slope that can lead even to a targeted assassination. [ Czech Republic II TOP 09 United States of America Soleimani Donald Trump ]

Glossary of difficult words


tacit - understood or implied without being stated;

to appall - greatly to dismay or horrify;

extraterritorial jurisdiction - the legal ability of a government to exercise authority beyond its normal boundaries;

to condone - to accept (behavior that is considered morally wrong or offensive);

slippery slope - a course of action likely to lead to something bad or disastrous.

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