This Note will examine the circumstances under which a state may grant asylum to an individual who has committed an airline hijacking. It has been suggested that any airline hijacker who has committed a political offense and is exempt from extradition is thereby entitled to asylum. It is submitted that a more limited distinction be made. Only the individual who is truly seeking refuge from political persecution has a right to enjoy political asylum elsewhere. The terrorist or fugitive from justice, irrespective of his motives, has no right to asylum. He should, therefore, be extradited under all circumstances.
Cohen, Nancy L.
"Political Asylum and the Refugee Hijacker: A Suggested Alternative,"
Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce: Vol. 6
, Article 5.
Available at: http://surface.syr.edu/jilc/vol6/iss1/5