Finland halts extradition agreement with Hong Kong

Local | 17 Oct 2020 5:16 pm

Finland announced the suspension of extradition agreement with the SAR, becoming the eighth country that has suspended such an arrangement.

Officials said that the decision was made given concerns about the new national security law and the possibility of criminals being sent to mainland China, where they deemed that the judiciary is not independent.

Finland could thus be indirectly handing over people for political trials, its President Sauli Niinistö said.

In response, a Chinese embassy spokesperson said that the implementation of the national security law was to strengthen SAR’s legal framework and ensure long-term security, prosperity and stability.

“The Chinese side urges the Finnish side to abide by the international law and the basic norms governing international relations, stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any forms to avoid harms to China-Finland relations,” the remark wrote.

Apart from Finland, the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany and France have also terminated extradition agreements with the SAR out of similar concerns.

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