Suspect whose case led to Hong Kong unrest leaves prison

23 Octobre, 2019, 10:57 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his AFP interview in paris

The murder suspect at the centre of months-long protests was released from jail, but it still wasn't clear exactly what would happen to him as a diplomatic feud continues between Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Chan is serving a sentence in Hong Kong related to the theft of Poon's possessions, and is scheduled to be released from prison tomorrow after his sentence was cut short because he made a plea bargain.

Protesters carrying umbrellas and a huge banner baring the words "Hong Kong police deliberate murder" march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

"I am willing, for my impulsive actions and things I did wrong, to surrender myself, to return to Taiwan to face sentencing and stand trial", Chan told reporters outside prison before being whisked away in a van to an exclusive gated community beyond the reach of the media.

The Hong Kong government seized on the case to justify pushing through a now-withdrawn extradition bill, leading to five months of sometimes violent protests that have now evolved into broader calls for democracy.

Chiu was answering lawmakers' questions at a meeting of the legislature's Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee.

A jet of water with blue dye is fired from a police water cannon in Hong Kong's Admiralty district to disperse protesters on Saturday.

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"The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government sees it as cross-jurisdiction law enforcement, which is a disrespect for Hong Kong's jurisdictional power and is totally unacceptable", the statement said, noting that all relevant evidence and witnesses were in Taiwan, giving it jurisdiction over the matter.

An extradition bill would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent from Hong Kong to greater China, including the mainland, Taiwan and Macau. Her moves to withdraw the bill and invoke a colonial-era emergency law to ban face masks have done little to stem the unrest.

Amid criticism, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said earlier in the day that the nation has not given up jurisdiction in the case and is preparing to exercise jurisdiction over the case.

"It is impossible to believe that Hong Kong people [.] would be happy and go back home once Carrie Lam has stepped down". That appears to have compelled Hong Kong to reject cooperation with Taiwan over Taipei's insistence on a "mutual legal assistance" deal with Hong Kong that would require their institutions to deal with each other on an equal basis.

Lam, however, has also denied that she has wants to step down, and has reiterated several times that she has both the responsibility and the determination to lead Hong Kong out of political chaos.

Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam reluctantly agreed to withdraw the extradition bill two-and-a-half months after anti-government protests escalated in June, although its formal withdrawal is unlikely to end the unrest.

Hong Kong's embattled leader is to resign and be replaced under a plan being mooted by the Chinese government, according a Financial Times report citing unnamed sources.

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