Chan Tong-kai, suspect in Taipei killing, jailed for money laundering

Monday, April 29, 2019

A Hong Kong youth wanted by Taiwan authorities for allegedly killing his pregnant girlfriend on their holiday last year, has been sentenced to 29 months of imprisonment for four counts of money laundering at the High Court today.

Chan Tong-kai, 20, was accused of stealing nearly HK$20,000 from Poon Hiu-wing, 20, as well as her phone and camera between February 17 and March 13, 2018.

He had been remanded in custody for 13 months since his arrest on March 13 last year.

Taiwan police accuse Chan Tong-kai of murdering his pregnant girlfriend. But he cannot be surrendered as there is no extradition agreement between Hong Kong and the island, RTHK reported. 

Hong Kong police had detained Chan and charged him with money laundering after he admitted using his murdered girlfriend's bank cards to take money out of her account. They say he has also confessed to the murder. 

Citing the murder case, the Carrie Lam administration has introduced a bill that will amend current laws to allow case-by-case extraditions of fugitives to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong does not have a proper treaty, including Taiwan, Macau and the mainland.

But the proposed new legislation has drawn widespread concerns locally and abroad, as many fear this will see Beijing demanding the extradition of dissidents and political opponents.