'Chan should be arrested upon arrival in Taiwan'
Updated: 2019-11-02 08:42
By Joseph Li in Hong Kong(HK Edition)
The most straightforward way to hand over a Hong Kong man, who admitted to killing his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan in 2018, is for Taiwan police to arrest him when his flight lands there, Security Secretary John Lee Ka-chiu said.
Lee called on Taiwan officials to remove all obstacles and facilitate Chan Tong-kai's voluntary surrender.
Chan, 20, is accused of killing Poon Hiu-wing in Taiwan. After fleeing to Hong Kong, he was arrested on suspicion of money laundering. Hong Kong police could not charge him with murder despite his confession because Hong Kong has no jurisdiction over an offense that occurred elsewhere.
He was subsequently sentenced to 29 months after pleading guilty to money laundering charges and released on Oct 23.
"It is Chan's personal wish to surrender himself to Taiwan for trial, and we understand that he has not changed his mind," Lee said in an exclusive interview with China Daily.
"But as he is now a free man, it is entirely his decision as to when he will go there and who will accompany him. Owing to confusing information from Taiwan, he may worry if he might have a fair trial and if his legal rights will be fully protected.
"The Taiwan side has declared different stances, and once said they would deny Chan permission to land. I hope they will understand that under the common law and Hong Kong legal system, he has the right to decide when to go and who will go with him. I hope the Taiwan side will respect the Hong Kong jurisdiction."
Lee is afraid that the conflicting remarks of Taiwan officials might affect Chan's wish. "I hope they will remove obstacles. Taiwan should facilitate his self-surrender as soon as possible," he said.
"The most straightforward way is for Taiwan police to arrest Chan when he lands in the Taiwan airport," Lee said, responding to a question about what he thought is the better arrangement in regard to Taiwan police officers escorting Chan to Taiwan.
In the absence of an agreement of mutual legal assistance, appropriate assistance will be rendered to Taiwan if the law permits this on a case-by-case basis, but he added that cross-jurisdiction law enforcement by Taiwan police officers in Hong Kong would be unacceptable.
(HK Edition 11/02/2019 page2)