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  •  That's the right case, but (0+ / 0-)

    I think you undersell its importance.  If the survivors had been within British territorial waters, what you say would be correct.  But the more basic question was one of jurisdiction -- what right did the Crown have to try them for an act of murder (arguably -- the victim had drunk salt water and was suffering and likely to die anyway) outside of its jurisdiction.  If the cannibalism had happened in France, for example, the case would not have been tried in England.  The answer is in my discussion above.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Tue Jun 27, 2006 at 03:21:34 PM PDT

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    •  British Law and Tex Tourism (1+ / 0-)
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      Several countries, including the UK, have laws enabling those travelling abroad for child sex to be prosecuted on their return. This briefing from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office site explains the law but the preable is perhaps more relevant in Rush's case.

      For most people, travelling abroad means having a break, catching some sun or experiencing different cultures and lifestyles. Some others have less innocent intentions.

      Recent research suggests there is a growing problem involving a large number of children in many different holiday destinations around the world who are being sexually exploited for commercial gain.

         * The children involved are usually aged between 13 to 18. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that anyone under the age of 18 is considered a child and should be protected against any form of sexual exploitation.
         * British citizens and residents can be prosecuted in the UK for sexual offences against children overseas .
         * Children exploited through prostitution are victims not criminals. Most of those being exploited in this way are not doing so from choice, but are forced to be involved. Their exploitation causes tremendous emotional and physical damage and involves a high risk of infection from sexually transmitted diseases and/or HIV/AIDS.


      The Sexual Offences Act 2003 enables British citizens and residents who commit sexual offences against children overseas to be prosecuted in the UK.

      Some of the offences carry penalties of up to life imprisonment and anyone found guilty will be placed on the Sex Offenders Register. All registered sex offenders have to notify the police when they intend to leave the country for 3 days or more. The UK police and the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and Interpol are actively involved in monitoring child sex tourists  and will prosecute where necessary.

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