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Chief executive Leung says Snowden departure shows Hong Kong's respect for rule of law

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 June, 2013, 7:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 June, 2013, 10:38pm

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Monday defended his government’s handling of the case of US whistle-blower Edward Snowden after the US expressed disappointment over the city’s failure to arrest the fugitive intelligence leaker.

On Sunday, Snowden left the city and fled to Moscow, despite Washington having requested his arrest and extradition. The Hong Kong government said the documentation supporting his extradition was incomplete.

Leung said on Monday afternoon said that there had been expressions of displeasure from some quarters in the United States over Snowden’s departure from Hong Kong. He said that his government had found no legal grounds to prevent him from leaving the city.

Edward Snowden left Hong Kong as a normal passenger using our usual and lawful channels
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

“Mr Edward Snowden left Hong Kong as a normal passenger using our usual and lawful channels yesterday while the Hong Kong government was processing the request of the United States government to issue a provisional warrant of arrest on Mr Snowden,” he said.

“We were asking the United States government for further important information on the case, and there was no legal basis to stop Mr Snowden from leaving Hong Kong,” Leung said.

The chief executive’s comments came after the US Department of Justice insisted US officials had fulfilled all the requirements of Washington’s extradition treaty with Hong Kong. US officials also said they were also “disappointed” by Hong Kong’s decision to let him go.

Leung said Hongkongers and the international community expected the city to uphold its own laws, procedural fairness and a high degree of autonomy, and Snowden’s case was one that showed Hong Kong did just that.

“This is also a good example to illustrate the rule of law and the procedural justice that we uphold,” he said.

Questions have been raised over how Snowden left Hong Kong as sources said Washington had revoked Snowden’s US passport.

Leung said that records from the Immigration Department showed there had been no documents from the US authorities showing Snowden’s passport had been revoked.




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hard times !
There is no evidence shown from our Immigration Dept.'s records that Mr.Snowden's passport had been revoked.So it was natural that our Immigration officer who checked his passport let him leave since he was just an American visitor from Hawaii (though he disclosed lots of shocking secrets unfavourable to the Obama adminstration and his now-notorious National Security Agency which monitors the public of the world through its world-wide cybersurveillance programs and 'The Prism' that Snowden revealed is just one of these secret programs only !) What is wrong with our Leung administration which has tackled the saga ichiban !!
Wel done, C.Y.!
I'm disappointing in Mr. Snowden. Now he is committing espionage . It's no secret that we spy on each other however Mr. Snowden crossed a line when he told you of our on-going spying efforts against China.
I was cheering for him when he disclosed what the Govt. was doing to it's citizens but now he is becoming what he's accused of
His name is Snowden, not Snowdon.
Daily: "I think this has got to be the first time that CY said something without the public blowing up in his face................."
Well said !!!
I think this has got to be the first time that CY said something without the public blowing up in his face.................


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