“As a permanent resident, Chan enjoys freedom in leaving and entering Hong Kong according to the Basic Law. There is no way to limit his freedom after he is released,” Tong said. “It is unacceptable for me, but society has reached the point of no return.”
Meanwhile, opposition lawmakers have unsuccessfully tried to draft their own bills to resolve the matter.
Andrew Wan Siu-kin, of the Democracy Party, drafted an amendment to the Criminal Jurisdiction Bill which involved giving local courts extraterritorial powers over crimes such as murder and genocide.
After the Department of Justice approved the bill as conforming to the legal requirements, Wan wrote to the president of the Legislative Council, Andrew Leung Kwan-yuen, hoping Legco could expedite the process by directly sending the amendment to the full council meeting for discussion.
However, Leung replied in August and said he needed to follow standard procedure, and would rule if Wan’s bill conformed to the rule book after a panel discussion.
“It shows the pro-establishment camp and the government are so hypocritical. The timing for sure will lapse if we have to start from a panel,” Wan said. “They smothered the last chance to serve justice with procedures.”