Beyond the News
Thank you all readers who visited my blog in the last three days! The Claudia Hoerig’s case has been quite polemic and I believe that by taking it into a debate is the best way to move forward. I was also very happy to see that even those readers who did not agree with my point of view sent me polite messages, so we could discuss this issue in a civil manner.
Honestly, I do not foresee a solution for this case that will not cause some diplomatic problems between US and Brazil. The South-American country is totally right to refuse the extradition; the local Constitution gives the right to do so and Brasilia might feel intimidated by Washington if this amendment (freezing US permanent Visas to Brazilians) will go through any further in the US. As a result of the initial approval of this amendment Brazilian public opinion already started shooting back.
During the last three days I have seen several comments on various websites (and even here in this blog), of Brazilians inquiring whether US will send to Brazil two American pilots of a Legacy airplane that hit in the air a Boeing of a Brazilian airlines in September 2006 killing all 154 people on board. The question is: what does it have to do with Claudia’s case? It is true that the investigation points out to a potential negligence from the American pilots, but it was an accident, a terrible accident! Furthermore, the pilots stood trial in Brazil and after 2 months the local justice let them go, although the process continued. They did not run away and did not intentionally committed a crime.
However, it is also important to find out in what circumstances Karl Hoerig was killed. Is Claudia the real and only one killer? If yes, why did she do that? Was not it a self-defense act? Well, everything points out to a premeditate crime and the only way to find that out is by taking Claudia to a trial; what is quite complicated. Perhaps US should accept the Brazilian’s offer and do the trial abroad because Brazil will not change its extradition policies over the night, so only a miracle could take Claudia back to US!
On the other hand, it is going to be interesting to see how America will react with a new shocking case involving an American abroad. Less than one year after Amanda Knox managed to set herself free in Italy and returned home – by the way, just like Brazil, US will not change its laws just to make Amanda travel back to Italy for a second trial – there is now the case of Kevin Dahlgren, who is accused to kill a family of 4 people in the city of Brno, Czech Republic. Local authorities says that after the crime he took a flight back to Washington D.C, where he was arrested and is under custody. Czech government is already on the process to ask for his extradition.
This case seems to be quite similar to Claudia’s and will be interesting to see the reaction of American government and public opinion towards it. Will Washington handle its on citizen to foreigner’s authorities for a trial?