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Fugitive Tycoon Fights Hong Kong Bid to Ease China Extraditions

  • Joseph Lau seeks judicial review of proposed legislation
  • Billionaire convicted in Macau in 2014 and never returned
Joseph Lau 

Joseph Lau 

Photographer: Dickson Lee/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

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Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau has filed a court challenge against proposed extradition law changes that would make it easier to transfer fugitives between the city, Taiwan, Macau and mainland China.

Lau, who was convicted of bribery and money-laundering in the neighboring city of Macau in 2014, filed for judicial review of the move Monday in Hong Kong’s High Court. The proposal in question would allow for one-time transfers of suspects between Hong Kong and jurisdictions for which it lacks extradition agreements, such as the mainland, which has a separate legal system.