Canada Finally Outlawed Space Murder

Space travel just got a little safer today! Canada has finally extended their criminal jurisdiction to space. 

ā€œA Canadian crew member who, during a space flight, commits an act or omission outside Canada that if committed in Canada would constitute an indictable offense is deemed to have committed that act or omission in Canada,ā€ reads the measure included in Bill C-19, the 443-page document implementing the provisions of the 2022 federal budget.

That means, every Canadian who commits a criminal act during their time in space will be apprehended upon returning to Earth, as reported by Calgary Herald.

The news begs the question though: were Canadians, or space travelers of other nationalities, free to commit crime prior to this ruling?

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