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:

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 15, 2019, with the headline 'Why HK needs to press ahead with its extradition Bill'. Subscribe