China on Monday said Hong Kong can agree to India’s request to arrest fugitive Indian diamond merchant Nirav Deepak Modi based on local laws and mutual judicial assistance agreements. India’s Ministry of External Affairs had sought the provisional arrest of Modi by the government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular media briefing in Beijing on Monday that as a Special Administrative Region, Hong Kong can offer judicial assistance to India under its one-country-two-system and basic law. If India makes relevant request, Hong Kong can consider it and act accordingly. Modi, who is wanted in connection with the Rs 12,700-crore scam at the Punjab National Bank, is reportedly in Hong Kong. He has shops in Hong Kong and Beijing.
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