Canada suspends extradition treaty with Hong Kong (Details).
Canada’s decision to suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong is a political move overriding the rule of law, said Hong Kong’s Secretary for Security John Lee on Saturday.
“If the Canadian administration allows politics to overrule the rule of law, it must also explain to the world on what grounds could they allow fugitives to go scot-free,” the senior official of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said in a radio program.
Such decision from the north American country came just days after the national security law for Hong Kong was enacted, a “resolute” effort taken by the Chinese central government that will make secession, subversion, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign forces illegal.
In the same interview, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng also expressed disappointment over Canada’s sudden move.
If Canada hopes to affect China’s national security by this means, that also marks its attempt to interfere in China’s internal affairs, Cheng noted.
Starting June last year, widespread and sometimes extremely violent protests incited by some forces against a now abandoned fugitive bill, embroiled many parts of the city in a state of complete chaos. The local economy was plunged into the worst crisis since Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997, with its GDP contracting by 1.2 percent in 2019.
Many of Hong Kong people including officials and residents from various walks of life have expressed their full support to the national security legislation for Hong Kong. According to Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong residents’ opinions have been integrated into the law as much as possible.
In an exclusive interview with CGTN, Lee also spoke on the ruling of first case that involved national security offenses. “It is something that people will be seeing in open court when the case is heard,” Lee said.
“How the law will be exercised and how the case will eventually be judged, it will all be very transparent,” he told CGTN.