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Extradition laws will boost rule of law: Han Zheng

2019-05-21 HKT 16:08
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Vice Premier Han Zheng has become the highest-ranking central government official to express support for the SAR's proposed extradition law changes, saying they will strengthen the territory's judicial system.

During a meeting with members of the Hong Kong Federation of Fujian Associations in Beijing on Tuesday, Han said the proposed amendments are fully in line with the Basic Law.

He said if the changes are passed, they will give the territory's rule of law a boost.

The vice premier added that with more explanation, Hongkongers' concerns over the issue will be allayed.

"We strongly believe that through the [SAR] government’s efforts and rational discussions in society, people’s concerns will be allayed and a consensus can be reached," he said.

Beijing's liaison office in Hong Kong had already expressed support for the extradition bill, as had Zhang Xiaoming, the director of the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office.

The proposed legal amendments will allow Hong Kong to arrange one-off extraditions to any jurisdiction on a case-by-case basis.

Those opposed to the legislation fear it will be used by the central government to pressure the SAR authorities into handing over Beijing critics.