A comment in another thread* mad me wonder. Imagine in an alternative history fairly shortly after 9/11 Bin Laden turns up in Norway somewhere, seeking asylum on the basis he faces cruel and unusual punishment in the United States.
Norway couldn’t extradite him to the US unless it had an assurance he would not have faced the death penalty. I also EXPECT that it couldn’t extradite him to the US unless it could be sure that he wouldn’t face being holed in a SuperMax, and possibly it wouldn’t even have extradited if it thought life without parole was an option although I am not so sure on that last supposition. Would the US have given said assurances? If it hadn’t, would Norwegian flags be burning all over the US when Norway refuses to give him up? Is some sort of unique and/or shady deal reached?
I just can’t imagine either country backing down here.