Hong Kong protests: Leader Carrie Lam refuses to scrap extradition law

Hong Kong’s embattled leader has refused to say that she will scrap an extradition law that has prompted massive protests and shrugged off calls for her resignation.

Carrie Lam apologised again for trying to introduce the law and acknowledged that it was unlikely she could win public trust for the bill, which would allow some suspects to face trial in mainland Chinese courts. Critics say that it could be abused by Beijing to extradite pro-democracy activists and political opponents from the semi-autonomous territory into the mainland’s opaque and politicised judicial system.