Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief govt, declares that she is going to delay the controversial extradition invoice in Hong Kong on June 15, 2019. Anthony Kwan/Getty Pictures
The story of Hong Kong’s controversial extradition invoice — and the following protests — all started with a grotesque homicide. Here is how the story unfolded:
A homicide on trip: In February 2018, a Hong Kong couple have been vacationing in Taiwan. Whereas they have been there, 20-year-old Chan Tong-kai allegedly murdered his 19-year-old girlfriend Poon Hiu-wing, in response to native media reviews.
The alleged killer headed again to Hong Kong and in March 2018, Poon’s decomposed physique was discovered on the outskirts of Taipei.
The killer escapes extradition: Hong Kong authorities charged Chan with cash laundering for stealing Poon’s property, and he was sentenced to 29 months in jail — however as a result of Taiwan and Hong Kong shouldn’t have an extradition settlement, Chan couldn’t be despatched to Taiwan to face a homicide trial.
Homicide case turned political battle: In February 2019, Hong Kong’s chief Carrie Lam proposed an extradition invoice, which might enable fugitives to be despatched to territories the place Hong Kong would not have formal extradition offers — akin to Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.
It was met with criticism from the beginning. Critics stated they have been apprehensive about being subjected to China’s opaque authorized system — and the impact it might have on Hong Kong’s function as a global finance hub.
Many marched in opposition, and even Taiwan stated it could not cooperate with the invoice if it was handed. In June, Lam suspended the invoice — however she nonetheless hasn’t responded to calls for to withdraw it solely.