Reverend says murder suspect Chan Tong-kai plans to surrender himself to TaiwanLocal | 18 Oct 2019 2:28 pm
Reverend Peter Koon Ho-ming has confirmed to Sing Tao Daily, The Standard's sister paper which reported an exclusive story today, that murder suspect Chan Tong-kai has expressed he is willing to surrender himself to Taiwan after he is released from jail in Hong Kong.
Chan, 19, is wanted by Taiwan authorities for allegedly killing his pregnant girlfriend on their holiday in Taiwan last year.
He is currently serving his 29-month jail term after pleading guilty to stealing nearly HK$20,000 from Poon Hiu-wing, 20, as well as her phone and camera, and could be released by next week
With no extradition agreement between Taiwan and Hong Kong, the government proposed to amend the fugitives law that would allow the city to consider requests from any places for extradition of criminal suspects, even those without an extradition treaty including the mainland.
The government tried to get the bill passed before Chan's release, which sparked months of protests.
Pro-establishment lawmaker, Priscilla Leung Mei-fun, who is also an associate professor at the City University of Hong Kong, pointed out that Taiwan is a jurisdiction practicing a three-tiered civil law system, which ensures suspects' rights are being protected.
She suggests the Hong Kong government to send out observers for Hong Kong citizens who go on trial outside of the city of their own will.
Leung also said Chan is most probably not going to get a death penalty based on his age and combining with the fact that he agrees to go on trial in Taiwan voluntarily.