Brazilian Supreme Court denies extradition by claiming that China’s judiciary system is unfair

Supreme Court's controversial decision on extradition

The Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF) has refused to extradite a Chinese national accused of money laundering and larceny. This was based on the disparity of punishment provisioned by Brazilian and Chinese laws. The STF also took into consideration its own understanding (not shared by other Brazilian authorities) that the Communist Party of China could interfere with any decision and, thus, jeopardize the fairness of the proceedings.

The decision is a gross misconception of the Chinese judiciary and political system. It also subverts the Supreme Court’s precedent of allowing extraditions so long as they are not due to political crimes or in cases of political asylum.

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