Why Hong Kong needs to press ahead with its extradition Bill
At a forum in Hong Kong on Tuesday, University of Hong Kong honorary professor of law Grenville Cross, the city's former director of public prosecutions, rebutted points raised by critics of the controversial extradition Bill. Edited excerpts of his speech:
Jun 15, 2019, 5:00 am SGT
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The Security Bureau's proposed amendments to the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance are designed to promote effective criminal justice and to redress an intolerable situation. They will enable Hong Kong to return fugitives, on a case-by-case basis, to other parts of China, as well as to over 170 countries with which it currently has no extradition agreements.
Such case-based approaches are used in other jurisdictions, and are of obvious utility where long-term surrender arrangements are not yet in place. Given the existing vacuum, many fugitives from other places have obtained sanctuary in Hong Kong, some from elsewhere in China, others from around the globe.
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