ABSTRACT

Terrorists are separated from the normal sphere of justice, special laws are applied to them and terrorist court cases are increasingly politicised. This has led to a contradictory situation, where terrorists are not subject to and protected by the same laws as common criminals, but their political goals are swept under the carpet. The exclusion of terrorism from the scope of the political offence exemption can be seen to reflect the idealistic view of liberal democratic revolutionaries fighting for a just cause. The depoliticisation, however, was problematic, as it was done merely to hold on to the principle of the non-extradition of political offenders, and resulted in calling political crimes non-political. The repoliticisation of terrorism on the national level provides for a stronger condemnation of terrorist acts as opposed to other, seemingly similar acts with no political goals or implications.