Murder suspect walks free as Hong Kong, Taiwan authorities clash

Riot police detain another pro-democracy demonstrator in Hong Kong on Monday

Riot police detain another pro-democracy demonstrator in Hong Kong on Monday

The suspect who prompted the bill's proposal by allegedly committing murder in Taiwan and then returning to Hong Kong, evading prosecution without an extradition agreement, reportedly wants to hand himself over to the authorities.

Chan bowed and apologised to Ms Poon's family and the public as he left the prison in Hong Kong's rural Sai Kung district after serving 29 months for money-laundering offences.

Chan was arrested by Hong Kong police in March 2018 and authorities there were only able to find evidence against him for money laundering.

"I am willing to return to Taiwan to face sentence and trial for my recklessness and mistake I made", Chan told reporters.

A murder suspect whose case led to mass street protests in Hong Kong walked free from jail on Wednesday as the city's government squabbled with Taiwan, where he is accused of murdering his girlfriend, over how to handle a promised voluntary surrender.

Lam was forced to drop the bill.

The government would enforce the strictest standards to safeguard national security and sovereignty, and not fall into any potential traps set by China, he added.

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Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正), deputy head and spokesman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), the nation's top policymaking body on China, said Taiwan made the request via official channels earlier in the day and was awaiting Hong Kong's response. "To society and the Hong Kong people - sorry". "No matter who the next chief executive is, the protesters will continue to demand an independent investigation into police conduct amid widespread dissatisfaction with how the authorities are managing the demonstrations".

In a statement Tuesday night, the Hong Kong Department of Justice said that it had no jurisdiction over crimes committed outside its borders, and could not legally detain a citizen following the completion of a prison sentence.

The Hong Kong government held up the case as an example why broader extradition arrangements are required between various jurisdictions in Greater China, pushing for an extradition Bill to amend existing laws.

In the the address, Ms Lam said the violence had damaged Hong Kong's reputation and appealed for calm.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's former President Ma Yung-jeou, of the Beijing-friendly Kuomintang Party, lashed out at incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen for what he called "political scheming and manoeuvring" for giving up the island's legal powers and turning away a suspect who wanted to surrender himself. Taiwan had initially said Hong Kong should prosecute Chan for murder since the victim was a resident of the city, which the Chinese territory rejected.

Hong Kong's legislature on Wednesday formally withdrew planned legislation that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, meeting one of five demands of pro-democracy protesters but unlikely to end months of often violent 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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