There is a difference between the absence of an extradition treaty and the non-extradition of a citizen. An extradition treaty means that there is an established way to extradite criminals/suspects to a country requesting extradition. The mechanism is clear and all the rules of the process are transparent. Nevertheless, Dubai plays the home of Thailand`s ousted prime minister. I doubt you will be welcomed with open arms into the local cultures of these Middle Eastern countries, but living in a country with more air-conditioned shopping malls and Rolls Royces than any other does not sound like a terrible punishment. One way to mitigate this risk is to review the extradition laws of a country you want to flee to. You can check if this country has an extradition treaty with your country of origin. But beware, extradition laws are not always followed by countries. In other words, countries still extradite people even if they have not signed an extradition treaty, and countries cannot follow extradition rules even if there are treaties.
Let`s have a little fun today: imagine being sued by government agents, angry creditors, a vengeful ex-spouse or a hitman with a bounty. You need to find a place to hide under the radar until things are over. or maybe forever. One of the most famous stories around the issue of extradition is the story of Edward Snowden. Edward Snowden is a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a US whistleblower who leaked top secret information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013. When Snowden fled to Russia, he was arrested at Moscow airport while U.S. authorities asked Russia to extradite him. However, Russia had proposed a treaty with the United States that called for the mutual extradition of criminals that the United States never accepted.
Given that the U.S. has never extradited a Russian criminal who had sought asylum in the U.S., Snowden`s extradition was unlikely. In Kentucky v. Dennison, he ruled in 1860 that the Supreme Court had ruled that while the governor of the state of asylum had a constitutional duty to return a refugee to the demanding state, the federal courts did not have the power to enforce this obligation. As a result, for more than 100 years, it was assumed that the governor of one state was at the discretion of whether or not to comply with another state`s extradition request. A discussion of extradition treaties is not complete without examining some of the most famous cases in recent history. As we mentioned in our introduction, Edward Snowden`s story is perhaps one of the most noteworthy of the last decade that has made people think about the concept of delivery. So much so that there is even a discussion about the flights it could take without being exposed to the risk of delivery. While his story began in Hong Kong, his search for asylum led him to Russia and elsewhere. Other rich countries without extradition agreements are the wealthy Gulf states of Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Saudi Arabia and the UAE don`t have one either, although their governments have made it clear that they want nothing to do with being a safe haven for “criminals.” The United States maintains diplomatic relations but does not have extradition agreements with the following countries: However, countries like Spain – and even Yemen in the Middle East – are known to return refugees even without extradition agreements. They make it very easy for friendly governments to catch people on their soil.
Some countries like Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Iceland and Switzerland are notorious for rejecting U.S. extradition requests. The United States has extradition treaties with more than 100 countries.    Most are treaties on dual criminality (extradition for acts considered crimes in both countries), the rest are list contracts (extradition for a specific list of crimes). Brunei is not what one might call a constitutional democracy, with the sultan personally owning every square inch of the island and all the wealth on it. However, if you are able to overlook these drawbacks and stick to the social rules, you may find that this is a decent place to stay for a while. Again, some larger, all-powerful governments (cough, cough) are known to simply walk on foreign soil and catch whoever they want. In other cases, they first request – or harass – and obtain from the unported country the extradition of the suspect.
In general, for extradition to be successful, the alleged offence cannot be of a political nature and must be a crime in both jurisdictions, and the suspect cannot risk receiving the death penalty or torture if transferred. Hi Andrew, happy reading and very informative, thank you! As a travel companion, I have a few questions. For example, if you want to “flee” to many of these safe port countries, you will need to have a relatively new passport with many pages for exit/entry stamps, as most countries have a maximum stay of 90 days on a tourist visa or much less like in China. Unless you invest in the land, such as buying a property or a business, where it opens other doors, but also removing more obstacles and you really hide in sight. Many, like China, do not allow entry to people with a criminal past. Once in one of these shelters, the only way to really disappear would be to hide within the borders of this country and thus break the length of stay of this country. Border jumps every 90 days or less quickly maximize passport pages with entry/exit stamps. Going to the embassy to get a new passport, even if said country has one, is obviously not an option for most. Thoughts people? Thank you again. Fidel Castro`s home and a socialist paradise for those who are willing to avoid the United States…