Would you be deported for breaking an unjust law in another nation?
I was reading an article where an American has been arrested for posting unflattering comments about a hotel in Thailand on a website. In this case, the American was in the nation so obviously the police had access to him. But let's say he'd returned to the United States. If Thailand were to demand he be turned over, would the US be inclined to surrender him?
- LiliLv 74 weeks ago
You're talking about extradition, not deportation. And no, the US government would not extradite someone for that.
American citizens cannot be "deported". They can be extradited if they commit a serious crime in another nation and if the US has an extradition treaty with that nation. This was not a serious crime.
- MorningfoxLv 74 weeks ago
No, you would not be deported. That happens only for things that are crimes in BOTH countries. Unflattering comments might result in a civil court action in the US, but they are not a crime. Also, the crime has to be something with a 1 year (or more) in jail, again in both countries.
- SlickterpLv 74 weeks ago
Extradited is the word you are looking for. If the US ha an extradition treaty they may, yes. Depends on the crime. I don't know that Thailand would bother trying for something like that.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
Thailand and the United States have developed a close relationship as evidenced by The 1966 Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations. This treaty allows economic access between both countries. It's anyone's guess on whether the U.S. would hand over a citizen simply for writing a bad review.
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- xyzzyLv 74 weeks ago
That would be determined by the conditions of the Thailand International Extradition Treaty with the United States. But Article 2.1 says:
Extraditable Offenses (1)
An offense shall be an extraditable offense for prosecution or for the imposition of a penalty or detention order only if it is punishable under the laws of both Contracting Parties by imprisonment or other form of detention for a period of more than one year or by any greater punishment.
- MaxiLv 74 weeks ago
Thailand can apply however it is very unlikely that the USA would accept their application especially when the US doesn't for their citizens who have commited very serious offences they have been charged with like death by dangerous driving such as Sacoolas who killed Harry Dunn in the UK
- Jerry SLv 74 weeks ago
for something that minor, probably not.
- TB12Lv 74 weeks ago
For that, no..