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Editorial﹕Alternative proposals for fugitive law amendment

【明報專訊】IN response to the controversy over the proposed amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, quite some alternative proposals have been suggested by people from various sectors of Hong Kong. Among them, the suggestion that "Hongkongers being tried in Hong Kong" has received the most attention. But the government regards that idea as unfeasible and insists its current plan is desirable. Society's uneasiness about the amendment plan boils down to Hong Kong people's lack of confidence in the judicial system of the mainland. It is a political problem that truly exists and must be faced squarely. While the idea of "Hongkongers being tried in Hong Kong" can address the confidence issue, there are indeed many obstacles to its implementation and further thoughts and discussions are needed to that end. However, if one says "Hongkongers being tried in Hong Kong" will bring about fundamental changes to the legal system, the current amendment proposed by the government also means altering the existing law and institutions significantly. The authorities should not rush the bill through hastily. What is more suitable is to deal with the murder case that happened in Taiwan first, delaying the issue of improving the system until the second stage.

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