Fugitives warned hunt is for life

Money glitz | Sophie Hui 20 May 2021

Authorities will go after all fugitives fleeing overseas for the rest of their lives, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu promises.

He expressed the hope that those fugitives may become "disposable" when they lost their political value for other countries.

"International relations are changing constantly. When you have political value, they may take care of you. But when international relations change and you have no value to them, you could be disposable.

"But we will surely pursue them for the rest of their lives for their criminal responsibility," he added.

More than 100 people have been arrested for violating the national security law, which came into effect on June 30, and more than half of them have been prosecuted, while some people have fled overseas and are wanted by authorities.

Countries like the United States, Britain, Australia and Germany have put on hold any surrender of fugitive offenders with Hong Kong. But Lee said officials will try by all means as well as use the right means at the right time to pursue those wanted people.

Lee also refused to spell out how the government will make use of the HK$8 billion allocated for national security, including the manpower in the police national security department, saying it is on par with intelligence during war.

"This kind of information is very essential to the opponent, just like intelligence during war," he said.

Separately, the head of police national security department, Frederic Choi Chin-pang, has been cleared of any unlawful or immoral act for visiting an unlicensed massage parlor in Wan Chai .

Chief Superintendent Ryan Wong Wai of the organized crime and triad bureau said on Tuesday Choi was found during a police raid of the unlicensed parlor in late March.

Police found the parlor served as a venue for prostitution and six women had been arrested during the raid, but Wong said there's no evidence to suggest Choi was doing any illegal acts or committing any immoral acts.

Wong said the case has been sent to the Department of Justice for advice, while Choi remains on leave.

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