6/15/2019, 9:19 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Hong Kong announces pause of extradition bill

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced on Saturday that the special administrative region decided to suspend the extradition bill as it caused a "division in society" and mass protests in the city.

Lam noted the decision to halt the second reading of the bill was made in the "greatest interest" of Hong Kong in order to "prevent further injuries" as the protests had turned violent over the past week.

According to the official, the Hong Kong government would like to consult lawmakers on the matter and hear "all views" from the society concerning the controversial bill, which would allow Hong Kong to extradite wanted criminals to jurisdictions with which it doesn't have such arrangements, including mainland China. However, she added that the government will not set a timeframe for seeking public views on the issue.

Breaking the News / NP