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Hong Kong: Govt urges Taiwan not to 'exploit politics' in murder suspect case02:56

Hong Kong: Govt urges Taiwan not to 'exploit politics' in murder suspect case

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
October 22, 2019 at 07:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hong Kong's Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung urged Taiwan not to use the case of murder suspect Chan Tong-kai to gain political capital. Cheung was speaking at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

"I really appeal to the Taiwanese authorities to tackle the matter with common sense, with compassion. And also that this suspect is wanted by the Taiwan authorities; in fact the order will be valid for thirty years. In other words, we are talking about somebody who is willing to surrender himself and get back to Taiwan to face trial and also, of course, to ensure justice is done," said Cheung.

Hong Kong citizen Chan Tong-kai is wanted by Taiwan authorities over the killing of his pregnant girlfriend in February 2018. Chan fled to Hong Kong where he was convicted on money laundering charges as the government there said that the murder case was outside its jurisdiction.

Chan has been denied entry to Taiwan despite offering to turn himself in and face trial. Taiwanese authorities said they would only accept Chan following bilateral judicial assistance, with Hong Kong complying with procedures.

The Chan Tong-kai case triggered the Hong Kong's extradition bill controversy, which has led to months-long anti-government protests.

Hong Kong: Govt urges Taiwan not to 'exploit politics' in murder suspect case02:56
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Hong Kong's Chief Secretary for Administration Matthew Cheung urged Taiwan not to use the case of murder suspect Chan Tong-kai to gain political capital. Cheung was speaking at a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday.

"I really appeal to the Taiwanese authorities to tackle the matter with common sense, with compassion. And also that this suspect is wanted by the Taiwan authorities; in fact the order will be valid for thirty years. In other words, we are talking about somebody who is willing to surrender himself and get back to Taiwan to face trial and also, of course, to ensure justice is done," said Cheung.

Hong Kong citizen Chan Tong-kai is wanted by Taiwan authorities over the killing of his pregnant girlfriend in February 2018. Chan fled to Hong Kong where he was convicted on money laundering charges as the government there said that the murder case was outside its jurisdiction.

Chan has been denied entry to Taiwan despite offering to turn himself in and face trial. Taiwanese authorities said they would only accept Chan following bilateral judicial assistance, with Hong Kong complying with procedures.

The Chan Tong-kai case triggered the Hong Kong's extradition bill controversy, which has led to months-long anti-government protests.

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