Father of murdered woman offers ideas on handling suspect

Top News | Stella Wong 18 Jul 2019

The father of a young woman allegedly killed in Taiwan by her Hong Kong boyfriend - a case cited early on in the fugitive bill furor - says he is open to a one-off extradition arrangement if it means justice will be done.

Poon Hiu-wing, 20, is said to have been killed by Chan Tong-kai, 20, while they were on a trip to Taiwan last year.

Chan is serving a 29-month term in Pik Uk Prison in Clear Water Bay following a conviction for money laundering - a case involving Poon's funds. But he could be released by October.

Poon's father sent a letter to Chief Executive Carrie Lam after she suspended a move to amend the fugitive law to offer four ideas.

One is to empower Hong Kong courts to examine a Taiwan extradition request in a one-off arrangement. Another is using administrative means to hand Chan to Taiwan - also a one-time arrangement. A third is to give Hong Kong courts extraterritorial rights and the fourth to persuade Chan to surrender to Taiwan authorities.

The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, which helped the Poon family, has said encouraging Chan to surrender is the best option.

Giving courts extraterritorial jurisdiction over serious crimes committed elsewhere and allowing a one-off extradition arrangement with Taiwan were suggestions raised earlier as ways to handle the case.

The Hong Kong Bar Association has suggested enacting a Taiwan-only ad hoc arrangement "if the purpose of the proposal is to enable fugitives such as the party in the Taiwan homicide case to be returned to Taiwan."

Democratic Party legislator Andrew Wan Siu-kin proposed earlier to amend the Criminal Jurisdiction Ordinance, adding eight crimes - including murder and manslaughter-- to the list.

Civic Party leader Alvin Yeung Ngok-kiu made a similar proposal in a private member's bill in the Legislative Council.

Criminal investigation, prosecution, trial and sentencing could all be conducted in Hong Kong, Yeung said. But the Security Bureau has told the Legislative Council Secretariat it would not recommend using extraterritorial jurisdiction to handle the case.

stellast.wong@singtaonewscorp.com

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