COURT RULES SHUELLIAN NATIVE CANNOT BE EXTRADITED

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A Shuellian native accused of sexual assault in his home country has had an extradition request quashed in Sanctaria’s highest court today. The individual in question, who cannot be named due to the nature of his alleged crimes, had been a resident in Sanctaria for 18 months prior to the initial extradition request.

Ruling on the case today, the Supreme Court said that the constitutional provision that has, since 1974, protected Sanctarian citizens from extradition to states exercising the death penalty, also applies to those non-citizens in Sanctaria who are nonetheless residents. In their judgement today, which was unanimous, the Court said:

The Constitution protects all within Sanctaria. The rights and protections afforded by the Constitution applies to all within its borders, unless otherwise specified. We know from articles dealing with enfranchisement, where specific rights are afforded to citizens only, that is explicitly said. The right to be free from judgement in a country that may put you to death is not explicitly provided for citizens – it is a protection for all residents within our nation’s borders.

Supreme Court of Sanctaria

In response to the ruling today, Justice Secretary Eric Hill said that the government “notes” the ruling by the Supreme Court, and “will reflect on the ruling”. Hill confirmed that the government would officially advise the Shuellian authorities that their extradition request would be rejected.

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Adam King
Crime & Justice Correspondent