By Wang Cheng-chung, Liu-shih-yi, Ku Chuan, Huang Li-yun, Wang
Shu-fen and Joseph Yeh
Taipei, Oct. 21 (CNA) Taiwanese officials on Monday said the government's decision to bar a HongKong citizen wanted for murder in Taiwan from turning himself in was a political decision and that Taiwan would not fall into China's trap.
National Security Bureau (NSB) Director-General Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) admitted Monday that the decision was made in consideration of political factors surrounding the case, especially coming at this "sensitive time."
Chiu said Taiwan's Ministry of Justice and the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) had repeatedly asked the Hong Kong side since February 2018 to send the suspect — Chan Tung-kai (陳同佳) — to Taiwan to answer questions but the Hong Kong side never offered an official reply.
Now, however, there was suddenly news that Hong Kong was willing to hand the suspect to Taiwanese authorities following months-long protests on its streets, he said. [FULL STORY]