Meeting cancelled as the mother of murder victim felt ignored

Sunday, October 25, 2020

The mother of the murder victim Poon Hiu-wing, cancelled the meeting with the suspect, Chan Tong-kai, as she said that the police officers failed to satisfy her demands.

Poon's mother said the police did not reply to her on whether they would meet Taiwanese authorities to discuss Chan’s surrender, or if officers meeting her have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the police. 

The meeting was scheduled at 11:00am today but the mother called it off at the last minute, saying that she does not want the talk to become a show and waste of time. 

The police called the mother twice at around 1:30pm, but the phone was never picked up. She replied through text messages, demanding the police to answer her enquiries through the media.

Hong Kong Police Force later released a statement, saying that they have been handlinding the case with the police unit in Taiwan through a police cooperation mechanism. 

“At present, the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance does not apply to Taiwan. Therefore, there is no legal framework for surrender of evidence.” the statement wrote. 

The police force also said that “further development could only be resulted if Taiwan would allow Chan Tong-kai to enter Taiwan.”

Chan, who had been released from jail for stealing Poon's money by a year, has yet to hand himself over to Taiwan authorities due to visa problems, as Reverend Peter Koon Ho-ming told the media.

Meanwhile, the police have contacted Poon’s family to return their daughter’s exhibits, according to the Court’s instruction.

Last week, Poon's mother presented a letter addressed to Security Security John Lee Ka-chiu, urging him to provide evidence to Taiwan authorities instead of repeating the government's official stance that there is nothing they can do officially.