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Monday, June 27, 2016, 18:51

Beijing, HK to review police notification mechanism


HONG KONG - The central government's Ministry of Public Security has invited the Hong Kong government authorities to Beijing soon to discuss reviewing the existing mutual information exchange mechanism between mainland and Hong Kong police, according to the country's top Hong Kong affairs office.

The invitation came after Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying wrote to the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council last week to reflect the concerns of people in Hong Kong on incidents centering on a bookstore in Causeway Bay and to propose reviewing the existing notification mechanism.

During the meeting, relevant provincial and city authorities will report the details of bookseller Lam Wing-kee's case and a robbery-murder case this March in a currency exchange shop in Tai Po in the New Territories, in which a 71-year-old man was killed.

Leung welcomed the positive response and expressed gratitude to the central government. He vowed that the Hong Kong SAR Government will liaise with the central authorities to work out the follow-up arrangements.

The reciprocal notification mechanism between the mainland public security authorities and the Hong Kong police was established in 2000 and has operated since January 2001. Under the mechanism, the Liaison Officer of the Ministry of Public Security shall be responsible for giving notifications to the Liaison Bureau of the Hong Kong Police Force on the imposition of criminal compulsory measures by the public security authorities and customs authorities on Hong Kong residents suspected of having committed crimes, and unnatural deaths of Hong Kong residents on the mainland.

The Ministry of Public Security felt a review and optimization is needed since the agreement was signed over 15 years ago. A total of 6,172 Hong Kong residents' cases have been reported to the SAR government and 6,934 cases vice versa.

The ministry said mainland authorities had held to the "One Country, Two Systems" principle as well as the spirit of mutual respect, support and non-intervention in their operations.

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