What happens if an American commits a crime in a less-than-free foreign country?
January 3, 2005 8:41 PM Subscribe
What happens if an American commits a crime in a less-than-free foreign country? [MI]
posted by BradNelson to law & government (27 answers total)
What would happen if an American commited an act that is legal in most of the world, but illegal in the country they are in? (In orther words, not murder/theft/etc.) Would they be indefinitely imprisoned? Deported?
Specifically, I'm thinking, what if an American family moved to China as Christian "missionaries." This sort of thing is not legal in China. What would happen if they were caught? Wouldn't this spark an international incident if an American family was held in China for something like this? I thought China would save face by just deporting them, but my friend says China would jail them for however long they want.