Updated at 5.53pm: A mainland court conducted the trial for a well-known Hong Kong murder case because the crime was planned in China, Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said on Wednesday. During a Legislative Council meeting, Mr Lee was explaining why the trial of the five people suspected of killing Hong Kong millionaire Harry Lam Hon-lit at a Central tea house four years ago was held in the mainland. Lam, 54, a director of Hong Kong-based Digger Holdings and an investor in the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, was killed with a single bullet to the head in the Luk Yu Tea House on November 30, 2002, as he ate breakfast. The execution-style killing in Hong Kong?s busiest district shocked the public. Mainland police arrested eight suspects ? five from Hong Kong and three mainlanders. Their three-day trial ended in late October. The verdicts are expected in late November. In reply to a question by legislator James To Kun-sun, Mr Lee said mainland authorities considered that mainland courts have jurisdiction over the case on the ground that the suspects? preparatory criminal acts took place in the mainland. He said the Hong Kong police had written to the mainland public security authorities to request the return of Hong Kong people arrested over the case. ?The corresponding public security authority in the mainland responded that as the relevant preparatory criminal acts took place in the mainland, the mainland has jurisdiction over this case,? Mr Lee said. He said officials understood that the suspects in the Luk Yu Teahouse case, despite being Hong Kong people, were suspected of having committed the offence of ?intentional homicide? under Article 232 of the Criminal Law of the People?s Republic of China. ?For a crime occurring in one place, for example, another place may have jurisdiction because the crime was planned there, or was completed there, or because one or more elements of the crime occurred there,? he explained. ?Hong Kong?s own criminal law also reflects this principle. For example, under section 5 of the Offences Against the Person Ordinance, it is an offence for any person in Hong Kong to conspire to murder any other person anywhere in the world,? he added. Mr Lee said the handling of the case was consistent with the usual international practice of dealing with concurrent criminal jurisdiction. ?There is also no contravention with the Basic Law and the principle of ?One Country, Two Systems?,? he said. Unlike Hong Kong, trials in the mainland are not conducted under the common law system with juries. The death penalty is also imposed in China for murders and other serious offences. Hong Kong has long abolished capital punishment.