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Hong Kong releases murder suspects who triggered a protest crisis



  Chan Tong-kai Leaves the Prison

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Chan Tong-kai says he is now ready to bring charges in Taiwan

Hong Kong has released the murder suspect from prison, whose case triggered the city's mass protests and led to diplomatic confrontation.

Chan Tong-kai, 20, is accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend in Taiwan last year before fleeing back to Hong Kong.

But Hong Kong and Taiwan have no extradition agreement, and his case was cited when the government proposed an amendment to the law.

He was in jail for money laundering.

He was released from prison on Wednesday. He apologized to the victim's family and said that he was prepared to face the Taiwanese police in order to bring charges.

The proposed bill would have allowed Hong Kong to extradite criminal suspects to places with which it has no extradition treaty, including mainland China, Taiwan and Macao.

Critics of the proposed law feared this extradition to mainland China People may be arbitrarily detained and treated unfairly.

The controversial bill is expected to be officially withdrawn on Wednesday in its second reading in parliament.

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Last week's parliamentary session was cut in chaotic scenes

After the bill had led to protests throughout the city, the government announced in July to suspend the bill.

The formal withdrawal could only take place after the resumption of parliament in October.

Last week, the parliamentary process was interrupted when opposition lawmakers harassed Hong Kong General Manager Carrie Lam.

Although the Hong Kong protests began because of the extradition law, they have since expanded to demand full democracy and less interference from Beijing.


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