Brazil threatens Spain with applying “the principle of extraterritoriality” for racist attacks against Vinicius

Flavio Dino, Brazil’s Minister of Justice, has announced that the Brazilian government is considering adopting the principle of extraterritoriality for the racist attacks suffered by Vinicius Junior in Spanish football.

The definition of the principle of extraterritoriality is: The Brazilian Penal Code provides that, in exceptional situations, it is possible to apply Brazilian law in case of crimes against Brazilians even abroad.

“We are studying the possibility of applying the principle known as extraterritoriality. The Penal Code foresees that, in some exceptional situations, it is possible to apply Brazilian law in the case of crimes against Brazilians even abroad,” Dino explained to the Brazilian press.

What is the principle of extraterritoriality that Brazil is threatening to apply against Spain in the Vinicius case?

The Minister of Justice himself took it upon himself to explain on his Twitter account what the principle of extraterritoriality consists of in Brazil.

“It is an extreme remedy in case of crime against Brazilians, which can be useful in case of inaction of the initially competent authorities. Can function as a response to an unjust aggression against a compatriot,” he began.

“The issue of extraterritoriality is still under analysis and depends on a number of factors. I would just remind you that it is in the Penal Code, as some are questioning my mention of it as an extreme remedy. I think it is useful for everyone to know about the existence of this protection for the rights of Brazilians. By the way, the principle also exists in Spain and other countries”.

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has already opened proceedings for an alleged hate crime for the insults to Vinicius

The EFE news agency reports that the Valencia Public Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into an alleged hate crime for the insults made against Real Madrid player Vinicius in Sunday’s match at Mestalla, according to sources from the Attorney General’s Office.

Previously, Real Madrid announced in a statement that it would go to the Attorney General’s Office as a private prosecutor after filing a complaint with the Prosecutor’s Office against hate crimes and discrimination, to investigate the events that occurred against Vinicius at Mestalla.

Jose Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs: The insults come from a minority of hotheads

Jose Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs, denied at a press conference that Spain is a racist country: “Spanish society is a largely tolerant society. It is a society that clearly rejects racism and, of course, the Spanish government will not leave any doubt or cover for any attitude of racism, intolerance or rejection of pluralism”.

On the Vinicius case, the Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that “these incidents are intolerable and absolutely condemnable, not only in the sporting arena, but also in a country like Spain, a land of welcome that makes diversity its flag. The xenophobia demonstrated by some hooligans shames us as a society and as a sport.

“The insults come from a minority of hotheads who confuse passion with hatred and who should never set foot in a football stadium again,” Alvares made clear.