Babar Ahmad

If I commit a crime in one country, should another country have the right to try me for the crime? The answer is not as straightforward as it sounds. There are many crimes in many countries which are not recognised as crimes in other countries. In the United Kingdom or the United States I would be perfectly entitled to insult the leader of North Korea but to do so in North Korea would be a crime. In Pakistan I would be committing a crime if a burnt a copy of the Koran. I can burn as many copies as I like in Florida, with no possibility of a criminal sanction. In Afghanistan before the war I could advocate support for the Taliban and the overthrow of the United States by violent means – it would not be a crime so to do, but if I were to do the same in the United States, it might have been a crime, notwithstanding their constitutional right to freedom of speech. Continue reading