International Law: Crook's Tour

For 18 months, Britons on the lam have found complete sanctuary in Ireland−only a three-hour ferry ride away. Because of a yawning legal loophole discovered in 1964, Ireland has become a home away from home for at least three of the Great Train Robbers and more than 100 other British fugitives. Conversely, platoons of Irish crooks have been flitting safely to Britain−all because the two countries wrongly thought that no extradition treaty was needed between them.

Fugitives have sought asylum in other countries ever since the Hebrews' flight from Egypt. But international law still recognizes no right...

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