Threatening letters containing rotten meat addressed to judges sent by anti-government rioter in exile in Taiwan

 Judge Johnny Chan Jong–herng, deputy judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court, and Clement Lee, a District Court judge

24th November 2021 – (Hong Kong) In recent days, there have been a series of intimidation cases involving judges. Among them, the Admiralty High Court Building and Wan Chai District Court yesterday received 4 suspicious letters containing rotten meat.  The recipients of the letters were  Judge Johnny Chan Jongherng, deputy judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court, and Clement Lee, a District Court judge.

Sources revealed that the letters were sent from Taiwan, and the sender was a person who claimed to be exiled in Taiwan. He even published the letter and the picture of the meat on the Telegram channel. However, because he is in Taiwan, there is no extradition agreement between Hong Kong and Taiwan and the authorities will have difficulties in extraditing the suspect.

A person who claimed to be HOR FOON-HAY – Daily Exile in Taiwan 6.0″ publicly uploaded photos of the relevant threatening letters on the Telegram channel. It can be seen that the letter says “HOR FOON-HAY IS WATCHING YOU in English, and there is a piece of raw meat. He even wrote “Is the 35% off expired beef delicious?”

The suspect posted part of the letter on Telegram channel.

The person is suspected to be an anti-government rioter in exile in Taiwan, and is suspected to be also related to the threatening letters sent to West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts and Shatin Magistrates’ Courts last Wednesday (17th) against Deputy Judge Kathie Cheung Kit-Yee and Magistrate Pang Leung Ting.

The relevant person claimed that there was Sodium hydroxide in the batch of letters, which caused a peculiar smell at that time. The person also claimed to have sent a threatening letter to Hong Kong Coalition founder Jacky Chung Kit Ko prior to his departure to Taiwan.

The Department of Justice issued a statement yesterday after the incident that intimidation against judges and judicial officers is despicable and heinous. Recently, the situation has become serious. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government strongly deplores such illegal acts which are blatant defiance of the law and undermine the rule of law. Law enforcement agencies will leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprit to justice.

However, if the person involved in the case is in Taiwan, it is difficult for local law enforcement agencies to bring him to justice, because Hong Kong and Taiwan do not have an extradition agreement, allowing the suspect to take advantage of the loopholes in the laws of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan to get away with justice.