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Time to drop extradition law plans: Michael Tien

2019-05-02 HKT 18:08
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  • Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien has asked the government to withdraw proposed new extradition laws. File photo: RTHK
    Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien has asked the government to withdraw proposed new extradition laws. File photo: RTHK
Roundtable lawmaker Michael Tien has asked the government to withdraw its planned amendments to extradition laws, saying the move has proven to be too controversial.

In a letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, the pro-government lawmaker said officials should first deal with an extradition request by Taiwan for a Hong Kong man who is believed to have killed his girlfriend on the island last year.

The authorities could then take their time over efforts to amend the SAR's laws on the return of fugitives, Tien said.

The legislator said he agrees with the Civic Party's proposal of granting Hong Kong courts extra-territorial jurisdiction so they could put permanent residents of the SAR on trial for serious crimes committed overseas.

He added that non-permanent residents could still be extradited on a case-by-case basis, as per the administration's current proposals.

Tien said such a move would reduce the fear that some Hong Kong people have that they could be handed over to the mainland for alleged offences dating back many years.