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20th Aug 2020

US suspends extradition and withdraws from bilateral agreements with Hong Kong

The US State Department announced on Wednesday 19 August that the US had suspended three bilateral treaties with Hong Kong. The treaties make provision for extradition arrangements, including “the surrender of fugitive offenders and sentenced persons, and reciprocal tax exemptions on income derived from the international operation of ships”. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated […]

17th Aug 2020

Meng Wanzhou seeks disclosure of arrest documents

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, today applied to the Supreme Court of British Columbia for the disclosure of documents relating to her 2018 arrest, which they say was an abuse of process. It is her legal team’s position that the documents sought will support the contention that Ms Meng was the victim […]

12th Aug 2020

Hong Kong halts extradition arrangements with France and Germany

Hong Kong announced on Wednesday 12 August that it had suspended extradition arrangements with France and Germany. The announcement comes in the wake of corresponding announcements by the two European Member States in response to the imposition by China of controversial national security legislation on the region. Germany announced the suspension of extradition to Hong […]

4th Aug 2020

France will not ratify Hong Kong extradition treaty

The French Foreign Ministry announced in a statement released yesterday, 3 August, that it will not proceed with the ratification of the extradition agreement between France and Hong Kong, signed on 4 May 2017. The decision was taken in response to the imposition by Beijing of the controversial national security law on the region, which […]

31st Jul 2020

Germany suspends extradition arrangements with Hong Kong

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced on Friday 31 July that his country had suspended extradition arrangements with Hong Kong. The decision was taken in response to the decision to postpone the upcoming Hong Kong election. It is also the latest in a string of international and diplomatic reactions to the imposition of the controversial […]

29th Jul 2020

New Zealand suspends extradition with Hong Kong

New Zealand’s Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced yesterday, 28 July, the suspension of extradition arrangements with Hong Kong. New Zealand is the last of the ‘Five Eyes’ allies to take action in response to the passing of a controversial Chinese national security law. In his statement, the Foreign Minister said that the new law meant […]

27th Jul 2020

HSBC denies collusion with US prosecutors in Meng Wanzhou case

HSBC has denied Chinese accusations that it colluded with US authorities to “set a trap” for Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou for allegedly violating US sanctions against Iran. Ms Meng is facing extradition from Canada to the US on charges of wire fraud and sanctions violations. HSBC admits responding to a US Department of […]

21st Jul 2020

UK suspends extradition treaty and arms sales with Hong Kong

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced yesterday in Parliament that the UK would suspend its extradition treaty with Hong Kong with immediate and indefinite effect. Mr Raab further confirmed that the UK would extend its longstanding arms embargo with China to Hong Kong. The move is the latest in a string of international responses to […]

16th Jul 2020

Egypt requests extradition of dissident from Spain

Egypt is seeking the extradition of a political dissident who last year published videos online criticising President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s regime and exposing high-level government corruption. Mohamed Ali, a former construction magnate with 15 years’ experience working with Egypt’s media, has been in self-imposed exile in northern Spain since 2018, where he is fighting to […]

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