Pan-dems to begin public campaign on extradition, DAB keeps faith in courts

Local | 18 Feb 2019 1:10 pm

The leader of the Civic Party Alvin Yeung said today that pan-democrats will undertake vigorous campaign to educate the public about the proposed changes that government is planning to Hong Kong's current extradition arrangement with other jurisdictions, including the mainland, RTHK reports.

The Security Bureau says the change will make it easier to hand over fugitives involved serious crimes to the mainland and Taiwan. But the pro-democracy camp argues that Beijing's record on human rights and the rule of law means the proposal is fraught with dangers for Hong Kong.

"We will do it either online or offline, we will do it on the street," Yeung said of the planned campaign. "We will make sure that Hong Kong people would be fully aware of the fact and understand what is really going on."

Talking after appearing in a radio program, the lawmaker said this will make the public send a clear signal to the government not to go ahead with it.

But the vice-chairman of DAB, the biggest pro-Beijing party, accused the pan-democrats of trying to scare the public with their concerns.

Holden Chow, who had appeared in the same program, said local courts will be responsible for deciding whether a fugitive should be handed over to another jurisdiction.

He stressed people should have confidence in the SAR's judicial system.-Photos:RTHK

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