Suspect whose alleged crime sparked Hong Kong protests walks free

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Protests in Hong Kong have affected everything from esports and the NBA to arguments about free speech on Australian university campuses and the US-China trade war. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Donald Trump and basketball star Lebron James have all been pulled in.

But as the global consequences of almost four months of unprecedented unrest continue to be felt, the story that started it all has slipped from the headlines. On Wednesday, one of the central players in that story walked free from a Hong Kong prison on minor charges, after authorities say he confessed to killing his girlfriend but, so far, avoided prosecution for it.

Chan Tong-kai was