On March 29, 2019, the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 (often referred to as the “Extradition Bill”, or the “FOO”) was published in the Gazette. The First Reading of the Bill at the Legislative Council took place on April 3. Its objectives were to address the Taiwan homicide case and to plug the loopholes in Hong Kong's overall mechanism in juridical assistance. This Bill would have allowed for the case-based surrender of fugitives wanted for serious crimes from jurisdictions with which Hong Kong has no long-term surrender agreement. Due to opposition against the Bill, it was suspended on June 15. Thereafter, the Government has clearly indicated on many occasions that all legislative work in relation to the amendment of the FOO has completely stopped. Nevertheless, processions and protests have continued with many turning violent. On September 4, the Chief Executive announced that the Government would "formally withdraw" the Bill.
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