ESCAPE PLAN ???: COUNTRIES WITHOUT AN EXTRADITION TREATY WITH USA













Suppose you were NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden, or fictional international spy Jason Bourne, and the most powerful intelligence agencies on the planet were hunting you.








Where would you go?







This is a farfetched scenario for most of us. That’s why it’s only a thought experiment.






On the other hand, for folks like the founder of Liberty Dollar (a gold/silver-backed private currency), whom the U.S. government has labeled a “domestic terrorist,” it might not be implausible.









Regardless of how likely the scenario, if you do need to escape, a crucial factor in deciding where to go is whether or not the country has an extradition treaty with the U.S.








An extradition treaty is the legal mechanism countries use to pull alleged criminals out of other countries. The terms and conditions vary. Some countries, like France and Brazil, won’t extradite their own citizens, no matter the circumstance.











Generally speaking, for an extradition to succeed, the alleged criminal act can’t be political in nature and must be a crime in both jurisdictions, and the suspect cannot be in danger of receiving the death penalty or torture if transferred.




Absent a formal treaty, extraditing a person is much more difficult, but it’s certainly not impossible.





Countries with No U.S. Extradition Treaty
AfghanistanEthiopiaNepal
AlgeriaGabonNiger
AndorraGuineaNorth Korea
AngolaGuinea-BissauOman
ArmeniaIndonesiaQatar
BahrainIranRussia
BangladeshKazakhstanRwanda
BelarusKosovoSamoa
BhutanKuwaitSão Tomé & Príncipe
Bosnia and HerzegovinaLaosSaudi Arabia
BruneiLebanonSenegal
Burkina FasoLibyaSerbia
BurundiMacedoniaSomalia
CambodiaMadagascarSudan
Cameroonthe MaldivesSyria
Cape VerdeMaliTaiwan
the Central African Republicthe Marshall IslandsTogo
ChadMauritaniaTunisia
ChinaMicronesiaUganda
ComorosMoldovaUkraine
Dem. Republic of the CongoMongoliaUnited Arab Emirates
Cote d' IvoireMontenegroUzbekistan
CubaMoroccoVanuatu
DjiboutiMozambiquethe Vatican
Equatorial GuineaMyanmarVietnam
EritreaNamibiaYemen
 






Countries with No U.S. Extradition Treaty



Afghanistan 

Ethiopia

 Nepal


Algeria 

Gabon 

Niger


Andorra

 Guinea 

North Korea


Angola 

Guinea-Bissau 

Oman


Armenia 

Indonesia 

Qatar


Bahrain 

Iran 

Russia


Bangladesh 

Kazakhstan 

Rwanda


Belarus 

Kosovo 

Samoa


Bhutan 

Kuwait

 São Tomé & Príncipe


Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Laos 

Saudi Arabia


Brunei 

Lebanon 

Senegal


Burkina Faso 

Libya 

Serbia



Burundi 

Macedonia 

Somalia


Cambodia 

Madagascar 

Sudan


Cameroon 

the Maldives 

Syria


Cape Verde

 Mali

 Taiwan

the Central African Republic 


the Marshall Islands 

Togo


Chad 

Mauritania 

Tunisia


China 

Micronesia 

Uganda


Comoros 

Moldova 

Ukraine


Dem. Republic of the Congo 

Mongolia

 United Arab Emirates


Cote d' Ivoire 

Montenegro 

Uzbekistan

Cuba 

Morocco 

Vanuatu

Djibouti 

Mozambique 

the Vatican

Equatorial Guinea 

Myanmar

 Vietnam

Eritrea 

Namibia 

Yemen




The following countries have been known to refuse U.S. extradition requests, despite having treaties: Bolivia, Ecuador, Iceland, Nicaragua, Switzerland, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.