Hong Kong leader Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Tuesday said that the extradition bill was dead.
The extradition bill which critics fear if passed could let China target political opponents in Hong Kong, allowing suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial.
According to the transcript of what Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on 09 Jul 2019 Tuesday, “So I reiterate here, there is no such plan. The bill is dead.”
“I have almost immediately put a stop to the amendment exercise, but there are still lingering doubts about the Government’s sincerity or worries whether the Government will restart the process in the Legislative Council.” Carrie Lam told the reporters.
The Chief Executive also mentioned that Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) has decided to conduct a fact-finding study on events that have taken place from 09 Jun 2019 to 02 Jul 2019, to provide the true situation to members of the public.
Carrie Lam said “They are appealing for members of the public, the policemen and the journalists to provide information to this fact-finding study.”
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After Carrie Lam’s announcement was made public, we later came across a video of Civil Human Rights Front’s Bonnie Leung on social media.
In the video we hear Bonnie Leung said “We heard from Carrie Lam this morning that the extradition bill, she still refuse to say the word ‘withdraw’.”.
“The extradition bill being put in the legislative council is a very legal, very formal, legal proceeding. However she only said that the bill is dead. We cannot find the word ‘dead’ in any of the laws in Hong Kong or any legal proceedings in the legislative council.” said Bonnie Leung.
“So how can the government tell us that we should preserve our rule of law when she herself do not use the rule of law. The principle of the rule of law herself.”