China-Extradition Bill/Former Prosecutor

"Dead" extradition bill a great pity: former HK prosecutor

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FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Aerial shot of buildings
2. Various of pedestrians, traffic

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor (partially overlaid with shots 4):
"Well obviously I'm not happy with it because Hong Kong has obligations not only to the rest of China, but also to the rest of the world and there are now 177 jurisdictions all together with which Hong Kong has no extradition arrangements and, what that means in practical terms, is that criminals from all over the world can come to Hong Kong and claim safe haven. They can't be sent back to face trial. So this is a most unfortunate situation. After all, the return of fugitives is an integral part of international efforts to combat all types of crime and I'm afraid as a result of what's happened Hong Kong has fallen down on its responsibility, which is a great pity in my view."
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FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Various of pedestrians, traffic
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
5. Aerial shot of buildings

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor (partially overlaid with shots 4):
"Well I think that a lot of people didn't really understand what the issues were. I think that a highly orchestrated scare campaign had been mounted both within Hong Kong and internationally against what was proposed."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. Buildings, traffic
8. Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor
"The demand that gives me the greatest concern concerns the prosecution of the criminal suspects. Very grave offenses have been committed including riots, including criminal damage, including wounding of police office and those responsible must clearly be held to account."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Chinese national flag, HKSAR flag

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor:
"It's absolutely vital that the department of justice does not surrender to political pressure of that type, but holds its ground, and applies its usual prosecution policy in deciding whether or not to prosecute. And in making that decision, I am sure the department of justice will make clear that the political violence has no role to play in Hong Kong's way of life and those indulge in it must expect to face their just desserts."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
12. Various of buildings along Victoria Harbor

Storyline


Former Hong Kong chief prosecutor is disappointed about the "dead" extradition bill which would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects to the Chinese mainland, calling it a "great pity".

Grenville Cross, who served as a prosecutor from 1997 to 2009 and currently is the vice chairman of the Senate of the International Association of Prosecutors, expressed his views during a recent interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN).

Cross lamented the bill after Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the controversial bill is "dead", and he is concerned that it could mean Hong Kong becomes a “safe haven” for criminals from around the world.

"Well obviously I'm not happy with it because Hong Kong has obligations not only to the rest of China, but also to the rest of the world and there are now 177 jurisdictions all together with which Hong Kong has no extradition arrangements and, what that means in practical terms, is that criminals from all over the world can come to Hong Kong and claim safe haven. They can't be sent back to face trial. So this is a most unfortunate situation. After all, the return of fugitives is an integral part of international efforts to combat all types of crime and I'm afraid as a result of what's happened Hong Kong has fallen down on its responsibility, which is a great pity in my view," said Cross.

Cross believes that the protesters didn't understand the true issue surrounding the bill, and failed to realize many other countries already share a similar treaty with the Chinese mainland.

"Well I think that a lot of people didn't really understand what the issues were. I think that a highly orchestrated scare campaign had been mounted both within Hong Kong and internationally against what was proposed," said Cross.

He added that so many other countries, including countries in the EU, signed extradition treaties with the Mainland and people simply didn't realize that.

Cross believes that violent protesters should be punished.

"The demand that gives me the greatest concern concerns the prosecution of the criminal suspects. Very grave offenses have been committed including riots, including criminal damage, including wounding of police office and those responsible must clearly be held to account," he said.

He also emphasized that violence has no place in Hong Kong.

"It's absolutely vital that the department of justice does not surrender to political pressure of that type, but holds its ground, and applies its usual prosecution policy in deciding whether or not to prosecute. And in making that decision, I am sure the department of justice will make clear that the political violence has no role to play in Hong Kong's way of life and those indulge in it must expect to face their just desserts," he said.

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  • ID : 8115782
  • Published : 2019-07-12 00:00
  • Last Modified : 2019-07-12 17:27:44
  • Location : China
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 2'20
  • Audio Language : English/Nats/Part Mute
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 5

China-Extradition Bill/Former Prosecutor

"Dead" extradition bill a great pity: former HK prosecutor

Dateline : Recent/file

Location : China

Duration : 2'20

  • English


FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Aerial shot of buildings
2. Various of pedestrians, traffic

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor (partially overlaid with shots 4):
"Well obviously I'm not happy with it because Hong Kong has obligations not only to the rest of China, but also to the rest of the world and there are now 177 jurisdictions all together with which Hong Kong has no extradition arrangements and, what that means in practical terms, is that criminals from all over the world can come to Hong Kong and claim safe haven. They can't be sent back to face trial. So this is a most unfortunate situation. After all, the return of fugitives is an integral part of international efforts to combat all types of crime and I'm afraid as a result of what's happened Hong Kong has fallen down on its responsibility, which is a great pity in my view."
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
4. Various of pedestrians, traffic
++SHOTS OVERLAYING SOUNDBITE++
5. Aerial shot of buildings

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor (partially overlaid with shots 4):
"Well I think that a lot of people didn't really understand what the issues were. I think that a highly orchestrated scare campaign had been mounted both within Hong Kong and internationally against what was proposed."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
7. Buildings, traffic
8. Hong Kong Legislative Council Complex

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor
"The demand that gives me the greatest concern concerns the prosecution of the criminal suspects. Very grave offenses have been committed including riots, including criminal damage, including wounding of police office and those responsible must clearly be held to account."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
10. Chinese national flag, HKSAR flag

Hong Kong, China - Recent (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Grenville Cross, Hong Kong's former chief prosecutor:
"It's absolutely vital that the department of justice does not surrender to political pressure of that type, but holds its ground, and applies its usual prosecution policy in deciding whether or not to prosecute. And in making that decision, I am sure the department of justice will make clear that the political violence has no role to play in Hong Kong's way of life and those indulge in it must expect to face their just desserts."

FILE: Hong Kong, China - Date Unknown (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
12. Various of buildings along Victoria Harbor


Former Hong Kong chief prosecutor is disappointed about the "dead" extradition bill which would allow for the extradition of criminal suspects to the Chinese mainland, calling it a "great pity".

Grenville Cross, who served as a prosecutor from 1997 to 2009 and currently is the vice chairman of the Senate of the International Association of Prosecutors, expressed his views during a recent interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN).

Cross lamented the bill after Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam said the controversial bill is "dead", and he is concerned that it could mean Hong Kong becomes a “safe haven” for criminals from around the world.

"Well obviously I'm not happy with it because Hong Kong has obligations not only to the rest of China, but also to the rest of the world and there are now 177 jurisdictions all together with which Hong Kong has no extradition arrangements and, what that means in practical terms, is that criminals from all over the world can come to Hong Kong and claim safe haven. They can't be sent back to face trial. So this is a most unfortunate situation. After all, the return of fugitives is an integral part of international efforts to combat all types of crime and I'm afraid as a result of what's happened Hong Kong has fallen down on its responsibility, which is a great pity in my view," said Cross.

Cross believes that the protesters didn't understand the true issue surrounding the bill, and failed to realize many other countries already share a similar treaty with the Chinese mainland.

"Well I think that a lot of people didn't really understand what the issues were. I think that a highly orchestrated scare campaign had been mounted both within Hong Kong and internationally against what was proposed," said Cross.

He added that so many other countries, including countries in the EU, signed extradition treaties with the Mainland and people simply didn't realize that.

Cross believes that violent protesters should be punished.

"The demand that gives me the greatest concern concerns the prosecution of the criminal suspects. Very grave offenses have been committed including riots, including criminal damage, including wounding of police office and those responsible must clearly be held to account," he said.

He also emphasized that violence has no place in Hong Kong.

"It's absolutely vital that the department of justice does not surrender to political pressure of that type, but holds its ground, and applies its usual prosecution policy in deciding whether or not to prosecute. And in making that decision, I am sure the department of justice will make clear that the political violence has no role to play in Hong Kong's way of life and those indulge in it must expect to face their just desserts," he said.

ID : 8115782

Published : 2019-07-12 00:00

Last Modified : 2019-07-12 17:27:44

Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)

Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland

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