No takers after victim's mom issues challenge

Top News | 19 Oct 2021

Carine Chow

The mother of murder victim Amber Poon Hiu-wing has challenged alleged killer Chan Tong-kai, cleric Peter Koon Ho-ming, Secretary for Security Chris Tang Ping-keung and lawmakers for a "face-to-face confrontation" at Tamar tomorrow.

The mother, who did not want to reveal her name or her face, released a voice recording on online media yesterday asking them to meet her as she will prepare a phone call for Chan to call Taiwan to give himself up publicly.

"I sincerely invite all media friends in Hong Kong, Chris Tang Ping-keung, Peter Koon Ho-ming, Starry Lee Wai-king, Holden Chow Ho-ding, 'murderer' Chan Tong-kai and his parents to the Central Government Offices entrance to talk it out," she said.

Koon said Chan is aware of Poon's mother's invitation but he will not attend.

The mother said the Taiwanese government has provided a telephone number for surrender to the Hong Kong police, Koon, Chan and his parents long ago "but they keep refusing to surrender and are full of excuses."

She added: "Chan has already been released from jail for almost two years. We really do not want to drag this issue on forever.''

The mother also called on Luo Huining, the director of the Liaison Office in Hong Kong, to spare time to assist in the case as the SAR government is "incompetent to solve it."

She said her family "had never received the compensation offered by Taiwan," saying that they were not eligible to apply.

Despite having voiced her concern that Chan would kill her in a voice recording released on October 14, the mother said police had yet to contact her.

But Koon, who has been relaying messages for Chan, said yesterday he would not attend the confrontation, adding that the Taiwan authorities have not granted approval for Chan's visa.

"Lawyers in Taiwan, on behalf of Chan, have already expressed the intention of returning to Taiwan and surrender to relevant departments. So far, there have been no updates," Koon said in a text reply to the media.

Chow, a lawmaker from the pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, said he could not attend the confrontation.

He urged Taiwanese authorities to stop their political manipulation and allow Chan to surrender and provide a closure to the case.

"All along, we hope that Chan can quickly head to Taiwan and surrender himself, and it is understood that his intention to surrender has not changed," he said.

Chow also said the core of the issue was the attitude of Taiwan authorities and he hoped the visa could be granted to Chan as soon as possible.

Fellow party member and lawmaker Starry Lee did not say if she would attend, but said Chan must bear responsibility for what he had done.

Tang previously said Chan is now a "free man," given that he had already served his sentences for crimes committed in Hong Kong.

Asked if the Security Bureau will provide assistance to Poon's mother, Tang said the bureau has no role to play in the issue.

Chan was released in October 2019 after being jailed for money laundering when he used properties of his girlfriend Poon, whom he admitted he had killed in a Valentine's Day trip to Taiwan in 2018.

Although Chan promised to give himself up to Taiwanese authorities, he was never sent to Taipei to face charges due to the lack of an extradition agreement between Hong Kong and the island.

Chan lived in a safe house provided by Hong Kong police until June and has since lived in a remote part of the city.

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