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UK suspends Hong Kong extradition treaty over China security law

London joins US, Canada and Australia in move expected to draw Beijing rebuke

Anti-government protesters gather at the British Consulate in Hong Kong in September 2019.   © Reuters

LONDON -- Out of fears that anyone extradited to Hong Kong could be sent on to mainland China, the U.K. said it would suspend an extradition treaty with its former colony.

"The government has decided to suspend the extradition treaty immediately and indefinitely," Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Monday in a statement to Parliament. He added that Britain "would not consider reactivating those arrangements unless, and until, clear and robust safeguards which are able to prevent extradition from the U.K. being misused under the national security legislation."

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