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Suspect whose case led to Hong Kong protests walks free from prison

He was released after serving a separate sentence for money laundering offenses

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Police officers stand next to a burning barricade during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong. Photo:Reuters

A murder suspect whose case indirectly led to Hong Kong's ongoing protests has been freed from prison.

Chan Tong-kai told reporters Wednesday he was willing to turn himself in to authorities in Taiwan, where he is wanted for the killing of his girlfriend.

He was released after serving a separate sentence for money laundering offenses. Chan could not be sent to Taiwan because semi-autonomous Hong Kong has no extradition agreement with self-ruled Taiwan.

Hong Kong's leader had offered legislation to close what she called a "loophole" but the bill sparked widespread protests over concerns it put residents at risk of being sent into mainland China's murky judicial system.

First Published: Wed, October 23 2019. 07:40 IST
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