Taiwan authorities have restricted the movement of four Hongkongers suspected of involvement in the concrete box murder case in Tsuen Wan and are expected to hand them over to Hong Kong police at the Taoyuan airport in two weeks, Apple Daily reports, citing an unnamed source.
The 27-year-old suspected mastermind, surnamed Tsang, entered Taiwan on March 11 with two other men and a woman, according to data from the island’s immigration agency.
The four, along with five others who have been arrested in Hong Kong, were accused of killing a 28-year-old man in early March before hiding his body in a slab of concrete in a unit of an industrial building in Tsuen Wan.
The agency confirmed the hotel where they were staying in Taipei after receiving a request for assistance from Hong Kong police on March 31.
The source said Taiwan authorities have arranged an isolated place to accommodate the four suspects and are now waiting for their visas to expire on April 9 before handing them over to Hong Kong police after necessary procedures.
As there is no extradition treaty between Hong Kong and Taiwan, the agency, which is now organizing materials related to the four suspects, plans to deport them on the ground that they are seen as unwelcome visitors.
According to the source, the four will be handed over to police officers from Hong Kong at Taoyuan airport on a set date sometime this month through an arrangement by the Hong Kong Economic, Trade and Cultural Office (Taiwan).
They will then be flown back to Hong Kong by an aircraft operated either by Cathay Pacific Airways or Dragonair and will be arrested on board as soon as the aircraft enters Hong Kong airspace.
Such a deportation is considered sensitive as Taiwan authorities would not want to be criticized for allowing Hong Kong police to come over and arrest people, and it would be the first of its kind between the two places since Hong Kong returned to China in 1997.
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