Zhang Xiaoming acknowledges need to dispel mistrust of mainland lawsLocal | 15 May 2019 4:35 pm
Beijing's senior most representative in Hong Kong believes amending extradition laws is appropriate, reasonable and legal.
This is according to Executive Councilor, Ronny Tong Ka-wah, who met Zhang Xiaoming, the director of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, in Beijing today.
Tong, founder and convener of the think tank, Path of Democracy, led a delegation and met with Zhang for about two hours.
According to Tong, Zhang mentioned that an alternative proposal by University of Hong Kong law professor Albert Chen Hung-yee and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun, which suggests that Hongkongers breaking laws in other jurisdictions should be tried by Hong Kong courts, does not comply with legal principles and the common law system.
Zhang was also quoted as saying that Hong Kong people should not be overly concerned as he believes the Central Government respects the city's judicial system, jurisdiction, and will handle extradition requests according to the law.
Tong said he had conveyed Hong Kong people's concerns, RTHK reported.
“During our discussion, I raised the question that in recent times, it would appear that certain sector of Hong Kong began to question the trustworthiness of the mainland system, and the judicial system on the mainland,” Tong noted.
“[Zhang] recognized that there is work to be done by both the SAR government and the central government to allay the fears of the people of Hong Kong.
"But at the same time, he gave me the impression that he has the full grasp of the various arguments in relation to the amendment. And he regarded the amendments as appropriate, reasonable, and within legal principles.''
Tong said that it would appear that he is agreeable that there should be more explanation to be done to allay the fears of the people of Hong Kong.