Source: Hong Kong Information Services
Regarding the Taiwan homicide case, Police today said they have been actively following up with the family of the deceased and maintaining communications.
In a statement, the force said it and the police unit in Taiwan have handled cases through a police co-operation mechanism.
The mechanism is run by dedicated officers who maintain regular communications with Taiwan.
It added that the force would deal with requests from the police unit in Taiwan in an appropriate manner.
Police are also willing to let the family of the deceased have the contact information of Hong Kong officers in case the family wishes to pass the information to the Taiwan police unit to remind Taiwan to contact the force.
It reiterated that the police co-operation mechanism, the platform for communication between the police units in Hong Kong and Taiwan, is different from mutual legal assistance (MLA).
Police noted that in Hong Kong, evidence obtained through a particular crime investigation can only be used for the particular case under the law. Any surrender of evidence should be conducted under MLA procedures.
It pointed out that currently, the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Ordinance does not apply to Taiwan, therefore, there is no legal framework for the surrender of evidence.
Further development in the case can only occur if Chan Tong-kai is allowed to enter Taiwan, Police said.
It added that if the approval is given in principle, Hong Kong and Taiwan can examine and arrange Mr Chan’s trip through the police co-operation mechanism at once.
Meanwhile, the court has instructed Police to return exhibits belonging to the deceased to her family. The force has contacted the family regarding the return of these exhibits.
Police said that it will also continue to communicate directly with the family of the deceased and provide feasible assistance, but it will not comment on the details of meeting arrangements.