lørdag 15. juni 2019

Hong Kong government will announce pause on unpopular extradition bill by afternoon

Hong Kong’s embattled government will hit the pause button on its controversial extradition bill as early as Saturday afternoon, sources have told the Post, after Beijing officials in charge of the city’s affairs held meetings in neighbouring Shenzhen to seek a solution to a crisis that has made international headlines.

City leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngot was scheduled to announce the decision at 3pm at the government headquarters. It is understood that officials were assessing the pros and cons of pausing the legislation or pressing ahead rather than a total withdrawal of the bill, which would allow Hong Kong to transfer fugitives to jurisdictions it lacks an extradition arrangement with, including mainland China.