Young murder suspect’s transfer from Hong Kong to Taiwan may need special legal deal

City has no formal extradition treaty with the island, and experts are uncertain if an unprecedented legal arrangement can be reached to send student, 19, to Taipei after the decomposed body of his girlfriend was found there

South China Morning Post 
Date: 14 March, 2018
By: Clifford Lo, Chris Lau

The arrest of a former college student in Hong Kong over the murder of his girlfriend in

Taiwan may prompt an unprecedented legal arrangement to transfer the suspect in the absence of any formal extradition agreement between the two places, the Post has learned.

A source familiar with the matter said a provisional bill would have to be legislated locally, but legal experts expressed scepticism at the possibility. Critics pointed out that if this could be done, other fugitives, including tycoon Joseph Lau Luen-hung, convicted in a bribery trial in Macau, would not be a free man in Hong Kong.

The uncertainty over the case began on Tuesday when it emerged that a 19-year-old former associate degree student, surnamed Chan, was suspected of killing his girlfriend, Poon Hiu-wing, 20, while on a Taiwan trip in February. Chan returned to Hong Kong alone.

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