Hong Kong on Wednesday is set to formally scrap the extradition bill that ignited the months-long pro-democracy protests — the same day the murder suspect who sparked the proposed legislation was released from prison.
Hong Kong, as it stands, has no extradition agreement in place with China and Taiwan, which is where Chan Tong-kai is wanted under suspicion of killing his pregnant girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing.
In order to allow Tong-kai to be sent from Hong Kong to Taiwan to face justice, Hong Kong officials in June proposed the now-much-maligned extradition bill.
Tong-kai had been serving a separate sentence in Hong Kong for money laundering until his Wednesday release.
He’s vowed to return to Taiwan and turn himself in.
“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,” he said.
The withdrawal of the extradition bill is just one of many demands voiced by protesters since demonstrations erupted, sometimes violent, in June.
They are also seeking an independent probe into allegations of police brutality during the protests, the unconditional release of those detained, and direct elections for the city’s leader.
With Post Wires