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According to Bruce Zagaris, a Washington-based foreign relations lawyer who specializes in cases involving extradition as well as government abduction, constitutional rights for nonresident aliens overseas can be triggered based upon a number of factors.

“Foreigners do not always have the protection of the Bill of Rights when they are in foreign lands, so it is a lot easier for the U.S. to obtain evidence against persons abroad,” he said. “In some cases, it can be to the government’s advantage to pursue suspects overseas for that very reason.”

Jeffrey Scott Shapiro contributed to this report.