Government quashes allegation that the amended extradition bill is still in Index of Bills of the Gazette dated 9th August 2019


10th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) Several media reporters and netizens have questioned whether the Extradition Bill has really been “suspended” or is “the bill really dead”? According to them, the Extradition Bill could still be found in HKSAR Gazette’s Legal Supplement No.3 – Bill dated 9th August 2019.

In response to media enquiries regarding the appearance of the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Index of Bills of the Gazette published on August 9, a Government spokesman made the following response:

     The Gazette concerned sets out the dates of the first publication in the Gazette for bills that the Government introduced into the Legislative Council for first reading in 2019.  The Government has clearly indicated on many occasions that all legislative work in relation to the amendment of the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance has completely stopped.