Treason is ‘a crime which has a vague circumference, and more than one centre’. The multiple facets of treason are reflected in the type of hyperbolic language that statutory and common law use to define it. In most jurisdictions, treason is viewed as the reflection of political undercurrents. It is considered as the primary offence against public order in that the law of treason provides the means by which the state can restrict radical political dissent and challenges to its sovereignty.
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