The island’s president is milking murder case that led to the ill-fated extradition bill for all it’s worth, even rejecting the return of the suspect for political gain
South China Morning Post
Date: 21 Oct, 2019
By: Alex Lo
A man wanted for murder is no longer wanted in Taiwan. The government of President Tsai Ing-wen has decided to play politics rather than render justice.
It has decided that Hong Kong murder suspect Chan Tong-kai is more useful staying in his own city, which has been tearing itself apart over a proposed extradition law, now withdrawn, that was triggered by his case. This is despite Chan having volunteered to return to Taiwan to face possible murder charges.
Who can blame Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party colleagues? Chan’s case has been a godsend. Widely assumed to be a spent force and having to resign as party chairwoman after the DPP’s extensive defeats in city and county elections last November, the murder case has completely revived her fortune as she becomes the front runner in the presidential race in January.
The unrest in Hong Kong – triggered by the murder case and now more than four months old with no sign of calming down – is being cited as proof that “one country, two systems” doesn’t work for the city, and will fare even worse for the island. And it has thrown her election rivals from the Kuomintang – which at least notionally supports unification – into disarray. [FULL STORY]