Date
21 September 2017
Several protesters in last year's clashes with police in Mong Kok are facing prosecution. One of them is said to have sought asylum in Taiwan. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg
Several protesters in last year's clashes with police in Mong Kok are facing prosecution. One of them is said to have sought asylum in Taiwan. Photos: HKEJ, Bloomberg

Mong Kok unrest defendant, 18, said to have fled to Taiwan

An 18-year-old girl facing prosecution in connection with last year’s unrest in Mong Kok, is said to have jumped bail and absconded to Taiwan, am730 reports.

Lee Sin-yi, who has been charged with two counts of rioting and one count of assaulting police, failed to show up during a hearing of the case at a Kowloon West magistrates’ court on Jan. 17.

She had been free on a HK$3,000 bail and had no travel restrictions.

Her lawyer said she has been unreachable since Jan. 12. The court has issued a warrant for her arrest.

Andrew To Kwan-hang, former chairman of the League of Social Democrats, said he had learned that a young Hongkonger, probably Lee, had entered Taiwan on a tourist visa and subsequently sought asylum. 

It is said that she later asked New Power Party, the third biggest political party in Taiwan’s parliament, for help.

To said he does not know what has happened to the girl since then.

Responding to inquiries, a spokesman for the New Power Party said he knows nothing about the girl.

According to Taiwan’s immigration law, a foreigner with a tourist visa can stay for no more than 30 days on the island, suggesting that Lee could be overstaying if she is still in Taiwan.

The Hong Kong Police Force, Department of Justice, Security Bureau and Immigration Department all declined to comment, saying the case is under judicial process, Apple Daily reported.

Taiwan and Hong Kong have no extradition treaty.

Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which deals with cross-strait affairs, including Hong Kong and Macau, said the immigration agency will deal with any overstaying Hong Kong resident according to law.

An official of the immigration agency said Lee arrived in Taiwan in January as a tourist and there is no record that she has left, Ming Pao Daily reported.

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