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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Government said the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance does not apply to Taiwan.

The Security Bureau made the statement today in response to media enquiries.

It pointed out that the Government last year proposed to amend the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance to address this legal loophole.

In response to the community’s reaction, the Government withdrew the proposed amendments and therefore there is currently no law that allows the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to handle legal assistance matters with Taiwan.

The bureau stressed that the Government cannot violate the law by providing evidence on Chan Tong-kai’s case to Taiwan, adding it is also irresponsible for a lawmaker to make misleading remarks that make people think that the Government can do so.

Regarding reports quoting that Taiwan has established a so-called single window liaison point with Hong Kong, the Government pointed out that this is merely a unilateral description adopted by Taiwan.

Taiwan had provided Hong Kong Police with contact information that Chan could use to contact them. Police have already relayed the information to Chan.

Police have not jointly established any so-called single window liaison point with Taiwan and this does not involve any assistance on evidence.

The bureau urged Taiwan to genuinely follow the basic rule of law and actively facilitate Chan’s surrender to Taiwan.

The Government will provide feasible arrangements to assist him in going to Taiwan in accordance with the law, it added.

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