Romulans are just bad news. I really wonder how Vorot is going to get away with torturing a Starfleet officer and Federation citizen on what is, strictly speaking still a Federation world. Even if Benzite law may be more liberal when it comes to torture and the death penalty, you'd think Federation law would overrule that.
I suppose she's confident that Benzar will decide to leave the Federation and thereby make her actions seem less inappropriate. Just for that reason I hope Benzar remains a Federation world. I want to see Vorot go down in flames.
I know, I know, wishful thinking.