Taiwan blocks extradition of murder suspect

Hong Kong, Wednesday (20/10) blamed Taiwan for failing to provide justice for a Hong Kong woman who was killed in Taiwan in 2018.

Hong Kong’s security secretary, Chris Tang, said it was Taiwan’s fault that the killer who had confessed to his actions was still in Hong Kong and had not been sent to Taiwan for trial.

The case centers on Chan Tong-kai, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing while they were on vacation in Taiwan. He then returned to Hong Kong. As Hong Kong does not have an extradition treaty with Taiwan, Chan could not be tried and was instead charged and sentenced for money laundering offences. He is currently serving a 29-month prison sentence in Hong Kong.

Chan admits to killing Poon and regrets it. He said he was ready to stand trial in Taiwan. However, the case could not be continued because there was no extradition agreement between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Tang said Wednesday that he was “sympathetic” to Poon’s mother, and he knew Chan intended to travel to Taiwan to surrender. Tang accused Taiwan of “political manipulation” over the issue.

China says Taiwan is part of its territory and threatens to reunite it with the mainland, by force, if necessary. Hong Kong, on the other hand, is under Chinese control although the territory still has limited autonomy. [ka/ab]

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