6/15/2019, 7:40 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Hong Kong to suspend China extradition bill - report

The Hong Kong government is set to suspend its controversial bill which proposes allowing extradition to mainland China amid mass protests in the territory, local media reported on Saturday citing sources close to the matter.

The suspension of the legislation, which proposes allowing extraditions of criminals to jurisdictions with which Hong Kong doesn't have arrangements on the issue, is expected to be announced at a news briefing later in the day.

According to RTHK, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held meetings with pro-government lawmakers last night to discuss pausing the bill and will meet them again before making the decision public. Earlier, Lam insisted the legislation should be passed before summer recess. Meanwhile, the South China Morning Post said Chinese officials in charge of the special administrative region met in Shenzhen to consider "pros and cons of pausing the legislation or pressing ahead" but did not consider entirely withdrawing the bill.

Baha Breaking News (BBN) / NP