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The Hong Kong Government has proposed amending the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance to, inter alia, provide for case-based surrenders of criminal suspects with any place outside Hong Kong with which Hong Kong has no prevailing arrangement in force on surrender of fugitive offenders. These include Macao, Taiwan and Mainland China.

Under the proposal, extradition requests would be handled on a case-by-case basis, with the Chief Executive issuing a certificate to activate the surrender procedures and pass the suspect to the court for hearing and committal decision. The policy intent behind the proposal is to ensure that any loopholes are closed and that justice is served, such as with the case of a Hong Kong man, who allegedly killed his girlfriend while on holiday in Taiwan in February 2018 and returned to Hong Kong afterwards. In the absence of an extradition treaty with the island, Taiwanese authorities have not been able to bring the suspect to trial.

However just its intent, the proposals have invited different views on its applicability and scope. Questions have also been raised about safeguards to avoid abuse.

The Security Bureau is now collecting views and we have invited the Secretary for Security John Lee to speak at the Chamber on 19 March, when he will explain the Government's rationale and approach to implementing the proposed legislative amendments.

Speaker(s) John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Security

Mr Lee joined the Hong Kong Police Force in 1977 as a probationary inspector and was promoted to the post of Deputy Commissioner in 2010.

During his 33 years of service in the Police, Mr Lee had held a variety of posts responsible for operational duties, CID, Complaints Against Police, Service Quality, Personnel, Training, Information Systems, Finance, Policies Formulation, Planning and Development. He had been the Commander of Kowloon West Region, Assistant Commissioner (Crime) and Director of Crime and Security. Mr Lee had rich experience in criminal investigation, crisis management and security matters. Before he left the Police, he held the office of Deputy Commissioner (Management), responsible for the development and running of management systems of the whole Police Force.

He took up the office of Under Secretary for Security on 1 October 2012 and assisted the Secretary for Security in formulation of policies, management of resources, and engagement with the media, the legislature and different sectors of the community in respect of security matters. He became Secretary for Security on 1 July 2017.

Mr Lee holds a Master Degree in Public Policy and Administration. He was awarded the Hong Kong Police Service Medal for Distinguished Service and Silver Bauhinia Star in recognition of his exemplary contribution.
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Date and Time 2019/03/19 15:30 to 17:00
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