OFFICIAL ROUTE ONLY:The premier said that Taiwan would not be duped by China, which likely wants to use the case to justify the withdrawn Hong Kong extradition bill
Date: Oct 23, 2019
By: Chung Li-hua and Sean Lin / Staff reporters
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) yesterday said that it had contacted the Hong Konggovernment to ask its permission to hand murder suspect Chan Tong-kai (陳同佳) over to Taiwanese prosecutors and police sent to the territory, so that he could stand trial in Taiwan.
The council made the request by telephone and wrote the Hong Kong government a letter, MAC Deputy Minister Chiu Chui-cheng (邱垂正) told a news conference in Taipei.
The Hong Kong and Taiwanese governments both have jurisdiction over the case, but the former has priority, Chiu said.
The Taiwanese government would not forfeit its right to try Chan, he said, apparently responding to the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) criticism that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) would turn Taiwan into a “crime haven” if it said that it would not accept Chan entering the nation as a free man. [FULL STORY]