Would like this question answered, as I have the scenario in the book I am currently writing. Would like to ensure I am providing my readers probable outcome for the killer.

A United States citizen crosses the Canadian border and murders someone. Returns to the United States and law enforcement in Western Canada discovers who they are. Who arrests and prosecutes the killer?


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I imagine, under the relevant extradition treaty, US law enforcement would arrest the killer upon request from Canada and extradite them to Canada, where they are then prosecuted by authorities there.


Canada would investigate the case, because it is a murder on Canadian ground. Assuming the killer is identified, and is found to be in the USA (citizenship doesn't matter, just the location), Canada will send an extradition request to the USA. Assuming Canada provides enough evidence for a prosecution, and there's nothing unusual like the killer having diplomatic immunity, the USA will extradite them. Then Canada will take them to court and they will be found guilty or innocent, depending on the strength of the evidence.

For other crimes the situation could be different. The USA for example will prosecute quite a few crimes that happen outside the USA. For example US citizens bribing someone outside the USA. So if the situation was the same except it's not murder but a US citizen bribing someone in Canada, the USA might take the extradition request and say "Thank you very much for that evidence, but we'll prosecute him or her ouselves in the USA".

PS. "US citizen crosses border" is not needed. It's the same for anybody committing a crime in Canada and then travelling to the USA, Canadian citizen, US citizen, or say Chinese citizen, all the same.

  • Thanks so very much!
    – Trisha
    Jul 27, 2020 at 3:46
  • @Trisha the answer might be different if the victim is a US diplomat or other government officer present in Canada on official business. Gnasher729, what do you think?
    – phoog
    Jul 29, 2020 at 2:01

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