Critics fear Beijing could use the new arrangement to target political opponents or that suspects would be sent to jurisdictions where fair trial was not guaranteed. Photo: EPA

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘will not simply follow orders from Beijing’ on extradition requests and can refuse transfer of fugitives accused of crimes against defence or foreign affairs

  • Lam says suggestion she will just follow central government instructions ‘totally unfounded and deviates from provisions in the law’
  • One section of law involved in bill says chief executive ‘shall comply’ with instruction on matters where defence or foreign affairs would be ‘significantly affected’
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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Critics fear Beijing could use the new arrangement to target political opponents or that suspects would be sent to jurisdictions where fair trial was not guaranteed. Photo: EPA
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The contentious bill has faced strong opposition, with worries expressed that Beijing would use the new law to target political opponents, or that suspects would not receive a fair trial on the mainland. Photo: Robert Ng

Hong Kong government releases long defence of contentious extradition bill against American Chamber of Commerce criticism

  • The 4,700-word statement, issued on Monday night, made no new proposals but did underline that five other chambers of commerce backed the bill
  • A meeting between Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and the American Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday failed to allay the chamber’s concerns
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The contentious bill has faced strong opposition, with worries expressed that Beijing would use the new law to target political opponents, or that suspects would not receive a fair trial on the mainland. Photo: Robert Ng
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