Indonesia won’t extradite alleged people smuggler

Alleged people smuggler Sayeed Abbas talks to the media after his extradition hearing at a district court in Jakarta. Photo: AP

An Indonesian court on Thursday rejected Australia’s request to extradite an Afghan man accused of smuggling asylum seekers to Australia in dozens of boats, including one involved in an accident that killed about 200 people.

Friday, 12 July, 2013, 12:54am 1 comment

Snowden's case will test 'one country, two systems'

By coming here, Snowden has placed Hong Kong in the middle of the storm surge of political power grids in the US and elsewhere. Photo: Bloomberg

Technological advances have rendered borders meaningless when it comes to trade, pollution, diseases and spying; airspace and territorial waters have little relevance in these matters. Former CIA operative Edward Snowden is causing storms that are short-circuiting political power grids in the US and elsewhere.

17 Jun 2013 - 4:23am 2 comments

Marchers turn out to support Edward Snowden

Protesters head to the consulate. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hundreds of protesters marched to the US consulate and the Hong Kong government headquarters in support of Edward Snowden yesterday, saying the American National Security Agency whistle-blower had done the right thing and should be protected.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 3 comments

National security meets personal safety in Snowden case

National security meets personal safety in Snowden case

Six days ago, former CIA operative Edward Snowden shocked the world by revealing - from a location in Hong Kong - the US government's massive computer surveillance programmes. The revelations were shocking but not surprising, as in this age of hi-tech wonders, any computer user with a brain would have been wary of the possibility of eavesdropping by a technologically omnipresent superpower.

15 Jun 2013 - 1:58am 4 comments

Hong Kong's rule of law takes a front seat

Members of League of Social Democrats gather at HSBC headquarters and march to Consulate General of the United States Hong Kong and Macau (Consulate General of The United States of America) to support Edward Snowden. Photo: Edward Wong

There is little doubt that US authorities will file charges against American surveillance whistle-blower Edward Snowden and ask Hong Kong for his extradition. An investigation has been under way for some time and numerous counts, including leaking government classified information, are among the likely alleged crimes.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:50am 1 comment

Snowden right to put his trust in Hong Kong's fair and open courts

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Hong Kong has been thrust into the international spotlight after it was revealed that American whistle-blower Edward Snowden sought refuge in our city while he exposed the magnitude of America's secretive state surveillance programme.

14 Jun 2013 - 8:49am 10 comments

Hong Kong legal opinion divided on Edward Snowden extradition

Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee

Most agree that the Beijing government will choose to keep its hands off the political hot potato and leave Washington to cope with the embarrassment of Snowden's decision to leak its surveillance secrets. And one leading lawyer predicted that an extradition battle could drag on in the Hong Kong courts for anything up to five years.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

Beijing's late move in extradition fight over fugitive accountant revealed

Beijing's late move in extradition fight over fugitive accountant revealed

A Spanish court freed a fugitive accountant wanted by Hong Kong over an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud despite an eleventh-hour intervention by Beijing, the Sunday Morning Post has learned.

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am 2 comments

Extradition refusal reflects poorly on Spain

Supreme Court of Spain ordered that Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo be freed on the grounds that Hong Kong, not being a sovereign state, had no power to ask for his return.

Hong Kong has regrettably lost a long-running battle in the Spanish courts to have a high-profile fugitive accountant sent back for trial in connection with an alleged multimillion-dollar fraud case. In a landmark ruling last week, Spain's highest court ordered that Gabriel Ricardo Dias-Azedo - who allegedly fleeced investors out of more than HK$90 million and was arrested in a casino in the Spanish city of Salamanca in 2010 - be freed on the grounds that Hong Kong, not being a sovereign state, had no power to ask for his return.

20 Feb 2013 - 4:12am

Rimsky Yuen to 'follow up' on extradition deal with Macau

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung. Photo: David Wong

Hong Kong's justice chief says he will work towards an agreement for the extradition of criminals between Hong Kong and Macau.

Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen Kwok-keung was speaking in Macau yesterday after he signed an agreement to allow mutual recognition of arbitral awards between the two cities with Macau Secretary for Administration and Justice Florinda da Rosa Silva Chan.

8 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

South Korea turns down Japanese extradition request over Chinese arsonist

A South Korean court has turned down a Japanese extradition request for a Chinese national who served a 10-month jail sentence for an arson attack on the Japanese embassy in Seoul.

The court said Liu Qiang, 38, should now be sent home to China.

4 Jan 2013 - 4:15am

Briton extradited to Thailand for murder trial

A British man wanted on suspicion of murdering a former US Marine has arrived in the resort town of Phuket for trial in what Thai police said Sunday is the first-ever case of extradition of a criminal suspect from Britain to Thailand.

2 Dec 2012 - 4:08pm

Lawyers for Hong Kong fugitive in Spanish jail says he could soon be freed

Gabriel Azedo

A former top Hong Kong accountant who has spent the past two years battling extradition to the city from Spain could be freed from prison "within two or three months'', according to one of his lawyers.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:10am

Abu Hamza faces extradition to US as Britain's High Court dismisses appeal

Demonstrators outside the court scuffle with police. Photo: EPA

Britain said it would seek to extradite Islamist cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to the United States as soon as possible after the one-eyed radical preacher yesterday failed in a last-ditch legal attempt to avoid deportation.

6 Oct 2012 - 3:37am

British court freezes Abu Hamza extradition

Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri flanked by a masked bodyguard. Photo: AP

A British High Court judge Wednesday halted the extradition of Abu Hamza to the United States after the radical Islamist preacher lodged a last-ditch legal appeal, the Judiciary Office said.

26 Sep 2012 - 10:37pm