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Jurisdiction Affecting Freeman Case

HONG KONG.,--Kenneth John Freeman was arrested in Hong Kong. However, Hong Kong is part of China. And each country has its own separate legal system.

So, determining which laws will apply is the biggest question. The extradition process is apart of signed bilateral treaties of which the United States doesn't have with over 50 countries. China is one of them. Right now, U.S. Attorney Tom Rice says deciding on which laws Freeman will be protected by and served under is still anybody's guess.

"That in my mind is compounding the problem somewhat in the sense as to what laws will apply to the territory known as Hong Kong," says Rice.

Rice also says Freeman doesn't have much power or authority in preventing extradition. Since 1998, the United States says its negotiations with Hong Kong over extraditions has "functioned smoothly." In the coming days, we should learn which jurisdiction Freeman will be placed under.