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Hated extradition Bill ‘dead,’ says Lam

A PROPOSED extradition Bill that led to mass demonstrations in support of British colonialism in Hong Kong was declared dead by government leader Carrie Lam yesterday.

She admitted that her administration’s work on the Bill had been a “total failure” but did not say it had been formally withdrawn as protesters vowed to continue action.

Weeks of protest have taken place in the city while opposition groups and the media have been accused of giving deliberately misleading information about the Bill in order to attack China.

At present Hong Kong only has extradition treaties with 20 countries. The Bill would have standardised the process through which criminals could be returned to any country where their acts were committed.

It would have covered over 100 jurisdictions and placed strict criteria on extradition, including only being applicable for crimes carrying a sentence of seven years or more.

But anti-Beijing protesters focused solely on China and ignored the wider scope of the legislation.

The Bill had already been suspended indefinitely. 

But Ms Lam said yesterday: “There are still lingering doubts about the government’s sincerity or worries whether the government will restart the process in the Legislative Council.

“So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The Bill is dead.”

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