Family of young woman killed in Shanghai want NZ murder-accused extradited

The sister of a young woman killed in Shanghai wants to see her accused murderer - a New Zealand resident - extradited to China.

Auckland man Kyung Yup Kim denies killing the woman in 2009 and has spent 10 years fighting extradition.

But now this landmark case has been delayed even further.

As lawyers for Kim battle in our Supreme Court to stop his extradition, a world away in China the family of Peiyun Chen wonder if they'll ever see justice.

In an exclusive interview - provided to Newshub by Chinese Interpol - Chen's sister says she still can't believe her sister is dead, nd she worries her parents won't live long enough to see her accused killer face trial.

Kim denies killing Chen while visiting Shanghai in 2009, but China wants him extradited to face trial - something Kim's fought against for 10 years.

Kim's lawyer, Tony Ellis, says his client would be at risk of torture.

"There's no real proper justice system so you don't get a fair trial, you might get tortured," he told Newshub.

Former Justice Minister Amy Adams signed off on his extradition twice.

The Court of Appeal quashed her decision in 2019.

The Crown then appealed that decision - sending it to the Supreme Court.

In a partial ruling, the court adjourned the appeal until the end of July, giving Justice Minister Kris Faafoi more time to seek assurances from Chinese authorities Kim would get a fair trial and wouldn't be in danger of torture - something Ellis says is "fantasy".

"It's fantasy land that these assurances can be meaningful and relied upon."

An argument Ellis says he will continue to make as the extradition case continues.