Date
28 June 2017
It is said that the girl, who fled to Taiwan to escape trial relating to the Mong Kok riot, has not filed any application for political asylum. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ
It is said that the girl, who fled to Taiwan to escape trial relating to the Mong Kok riot, has not filed any application for political asylum. Photos: Reuters, HKEJ

Mong Kok riot girl protected by Taiwan human rights groups

An 18-year-old girl who fled to Taiwan reportedly to avoid trial relating to last year’s Mong Kok riot is under the protection of human rights groups.

Lee Sin-yi has been charged with two counts of rioting and one count of assaulting police in the violence, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Huang Kuo-chang, chairman of New Power Party, the third biggest political party in Taiwan, said some human rights groups are offering assistance to “a friend from Hong Kong”.

He gave no further details.

An unnamed source told Apple Daily that Lee is safe in Taiwan and that her family members can rest assured.

Lee, who has been issued a warrant for her arrest by a court, asked the party for help after she jumped bail and fled to Taiwan in January, according to reports.

Huang did not confirm whether Lee had sought political asylum in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Huang’s New Power Party allies and other parties, including some personalities from Hong Kong, announced an alliance called Taiwan Congressional Hong Kong Caucus on Monday.

The alliance aims to push for changes to the regulations governing relations with Hong Kong and Macau so as to provide political asylum for Hongkongers if necessary.

Tu Jia-fen, director of the Hong Kong and Macau department of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, which deals with cross-strait affairs, said there has been no application for political asylum from Lee.

Former justice secretary Elsie Leung, deputy director of the NPC Standing Committee’s Basic Law Committee, said she has no comment on what the Taiwan government should do but added the incident will not affect the relationship between Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Leung said the Hong Kong government will do what it has to do, stressing that anyone who breaks the law should be punished.

A director of Taiwan civil group New School for Democracy said he was told that Lee wants to stay in Taiwan because she is worried about what might happen at her trial. She was underage when the Mong Kok riot took place.

Some civil groups in Taiwan are willing to help Lee obtain a senior high school diploma, according to Apple Daily.

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