A fugitive billionaire has vowed to launch a legal challenge against Hong Kong’s controversial plan to sign an extradition agreement with Macau, Taiwan and mainland China, his lawyers said Monday (Apr 1), adding he has fled the financial hub. Protesters marched in Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the government’s plans to approve extraditions with mainland China, Taiwan and Macau AFP/Dale DE LA REY Hong Kong property tycoon Joseph Lau is wanted in Macau where he was convicted in absentia for bribery in the gambling enclave in 2014. He remains a free man because Hong Kong and Macau do not currently have an extradition agreement. Hong Kong’s government has recently announced plans to overhaul its extradition rules, allowing the transfer of fugitives with Taiwan, Macau and mainland China on a “case-basis” for the first time. The proposal has sparked large protests and mounting alarm within the city’s business and legal communities who fear it will hammer the financial hub’s international appeal and tangle people up in China’s opaque courts. Lau has applied for leave to legally challenge the government’s extradition proposal, according to a court application obtained by AFP, which also states that he has chosen to “exile himself… Read full this story
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