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Hong Kong denies Tiananmen activist Wuer Kaixi extradition to mainland China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 November, 2013, 2:07pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 November, 2013, 8:07am

The latest attempt by the "second most wanted" Tiananmen dissident to surrender to mainland authorities was dashed yesterday when he was deported back to Taiwan after a short stopover in Hong Kong.

Wuer Kaixi arrived at Chep Lap Kok from Taiwan accompanied by Democratic Party lawmaker Albert Ho Chun-yan hoping the city would help to extradite him to the mainland.

Wuer, who has spent most of the past 24 years in exile in Taiwan, wants to return to the mainland to see his ailing parents.

"I hope to be [re]united with them while they are still alive, even if it means the reunion takes place behind a glass wall," he said.

He is wanted by Beijing for "conspiracy to subvert" while a student leader during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.

"I am transiting from [Hong Kong] because it is my last resort," said Wuer in a written statement. "What I'm doing now is a result of the [mainland] government's absurd act of ordering my arrest, while at the same time refusing to allow me to return."

Wuer said a refusal by the Hong Kong authorities to arrest him would mean they did not accept Beijing's official position.

"If that is so, I appreciate it … and I then request the Hong Kong government to stop denying [other] Chinese dissidents the right to enter."

Upon arrival, Wuer was detained by immigration officials and questioned for four hours, said his lawyer, Lam Yiu-keung.

The department said it would not comment on individual cases but reiterated that by law officers could examine any visitor on arrival and consider whether they met immigration requirements before allowing entry.

But Lam criticised the department for misreading his intentions. "He never requested entry and had no intention of entering Hong Kong," said Lam. "He simply wanted to convey a message to the Hong Kong government to inform the [Hong Kong liaison office] of his intentions."

Over the years similar attempts by Wuer to surrender via Macau, Japan and the United States have failed. In 2004, he was permitted to attend the funeral of Canto-pop diva Anita Mui but a request to attend the funeral of democrat stalwart Szeto Wah was denied in 2011 in Hong Kong.

On Facebook, exiled Tiananmen student leader Wang Dan, who was denied entry to Hong Kong in 2004, said he was "disappointed and angry" at the city's decision.


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Does Wuer Kaixi really think that traveling with Ho Chun-yan would help his cause?
"He simply wanted to convey a message to the Hong Kong government to inform the [Hong Kong liaison office] of his intentions." - he thinks that the Hong Kong government is his messager?
Just another publicity stunt to try to keep himself in the news. He knows already that China just wants him to go away and disappear up his own big mouth. He attempted to be arrested and handed to the PRC on a previous occasion, while in Macau back in 2009, so he knows the score.
The big question is why one of our own prominent legislators is assisting Chinese dissidents who are intent on bringing down their Government? Why is this politician still permitted to serve as a board member of the Hong Kong Airport Authority, a public body?
I wonder why he can't write instead.
Maybe he might apply direct to China rather than to 'gate-crash' from neighboring cities? Most people need a visa to enter other countries. And what kudos does Ho Chun-yan have to enable Wuer's entry?
ASEAN members especially Singapore should sign the extradition treaty with Spaniard government like many other countries have, any Chinese criminals like Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and others who committed crime against humanity against Tibetans, Uighurs, and other ethnic minorities will be arrest and trial on International court or Spaniard court and they must be hang like Saddam Hussein if found guilty to set example for other Chinese dictators.
If Spain is the world's self-appointed policeman now, it might prosecute the US Presidents for causing deaths and destructions of Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, and for its brutal treatment of its Afro-American population whom it used as slaves and then as third class citizens. Or the Catholic Church for the plunder and destruction caused by the Crusaders who were supposed to be doing God's work. Do you know what happened to the indigenous population of Tasmania? They were driven off to an inhospitable island and starved to death. Or the New Zealand natives? They were cheated out of their lands. This is not a complete list of atrocities. If Spain wants to do this job properly, it should investigate all such cases and not focus on China alone. No wonder Spain is broke.
So you're saying all of that excuses Chinese government corruption and despotism? Stop making excuses for them.
Publicity stunt. If he thought he would be allowed to go to the PRC he wouldn't try, knowing the fate that awaits him.
Agree it is a publicity stunt. Maybe he is writing a book. Or likes to be in the limelight.
Why only target China? To do its self-appointed policeman job properly, Spain should investigate all crimes. There are plenty around, and the US is the greatest killer of all.
No country can investigate all crimes in history. It's good that at least one country is refusing to kiss China's backside to get their money.


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