China arrests one of most-wanted telecoms fraud suspects: Xinhua
May 3, 2016
- Wen Longjian, 32, is accused of defrauding a corporate accountant by impersonating the head of a company on an instant messaging app last December, Xinhua said late on Tuesday, quoting the Ministry of Public Security. Wen evaded arrest after an earlier police operation detained 39 suspects and froze bank accounts containing more than 28 million yuan but was caught in China’s southwestern province of Guangxi on Monday, the report quoted police as saying.
Chinese fugitive surrenders after 17 years in hiding
March 28, 2016
- A Chinese fugitive, who was on Interpol’s list of 100 most-wanted and who spent 17 years in hiding, surrendered in Shanghai, the media reported on Monday. Zhang Liping, 64, a former president of a running-shoe maker firm in Shanghai who allegedly falsified value-added tax invoices, surrendered to the local police on Sunday, the Shanghai Daily reported.
Fox Hunt: Australia closer to extradition treaty on wanted Chinese ‘fugitives’
February 19, 2016
- Australia signed an extradition agreement with China in 2007 that was never ratified. It is understood, however, that the treaty will now be tabled with Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties as early as next month. Mr Turnbull is due to make his first visit as Prime Minister to Beijing in April. “The Australian government will seek to progress this matter,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in Beijing on Wednesday. “We think that our bilateral law enforcement relationship should be enhanced as all aspects of the bilateral relationship with China are progressing.”
Two Chinese “Red Notice” Corruption Fugitives Repatriated
- Two of China’s most wanted fugitives, who fled abroad a year and half ago under suspicion of jointly embezzling public funds of 29.96 million yuan (4.56 million U.S. dollars), have been repatriated, the country’s anti-corruption agency announced on Saturday. Fu Yaobo and Zhang Qingzhao, who both featured on an official list of China’s 100 most wanted fugitives released in April, were repatriated from the Caribbean state of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said.
Campaign sees 857 fugitives returned to China
- China seized more than 850 fugitives hiding overseas last year, in a campaign to net suspects implicated in economic crimes. The fugitives, scattered across over 60 countries and regions, include 360 who turned themselves in to police as part of Fox Hunt 2015.
China and Switzerland to step up anti-graft cooperation
Jan 15, 2016
- Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi announced on Friday that China plans to step up its anti-corruption cooperation with Switzerland. Yi thanked Switzerland for not providing a haven for Chinese criminals.
China returns corruption suspect from Britain
Jan 14, 2016
- China has secured the return of a top corruption suspect from Britain, China’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Thursday, the latest person from a list of 100 overseas fugitives repatriated amid an ongoing graft crackdown. Chen Yijuan, a Communist Party member and former employee at a subsidiary of state-run China Mobile who fled to Britain in 2013, returned to China and surrendered, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in an online statement. “Under threat of legal action and policy pressure, Chen Yijuan ultimately chose to return to China on her own accord and surrender to authorities,” the statement said.
China’s Most Wanted Can Run, but Increasingly They Cannot Hide
Jan. 7, 2016
- As Beijing intensified its blockbuster anticorruption campaign last year, Chinese authorities unveiled Sky Net, a crusade to nab the top 100 suspected financial fugitives who had allegedly fled overseas with their ill-gotten gains. Interpol was given the list of 100 names, and foreign governments were exhorted to help out. On Jan. 6, China’s top graft-fighting body publicized Sky Net’s success so far, since the program was launched last April: 19 individuals had been caught. Only 81 more to go. On Wednesday, China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) also publicized its success in Operation Fox Hunt, a broader repatriation effort of Chinese criminal suspects. In the first 11 months of 2015, the CCDI reported, Chinese agents had returned 738 Chinese fugitives back home. But just how do these overseas Chinese end up back in the motherland? In November, China chartered four planes to Cambodia and Indonesia to pick up 254 Chinese who were suspected of participating in a phone and Internet fraud ring. China, though, has not signed extradition treaties with the U.S. or Australia, the two most favored destinations of Chinese on the run, according to the CCDI. The antigraft watchdog’s website explains that without such extradition agreements, “we have to use alternative measures, such as persuasion, repatriation and prosecution from another place, etc.”
Chinese man wanted on corruption charges returned
January 2, 2016
- One of China’s most-wanted fugitives suspected of bribery was brought home on Friday from the Republic of Guinea, following cooperation between the two countries’ law enforcement departments. Pei Jianqiang, 48, former director of import and export department of China Enterprise International Cooperation Co., was suspected of bribery and fled in November, 2009.
China brings back over 700 financial fugitives to face trial
December 11, 2015
- More than 700 Chinese fugitives suspected of involvement in economic crimes have been brought home from abroad since April to stand trial, according to a senior anti-graft official. The suspects include 96 government officials, the official said.
Chinese fugitive Huang Yurong returns from US as Sky Net corruption crackdown continues
05 December, 2015
- Huang Yurong, a former party head at the highway agency in Henan province, returned to China after 13 years in the United States, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said on its website. The Party’s anti-graft body said Huang turned herself in at Beijing’s Capital Airport. Photos on the website show her flanked by police in civilian clothes standing before an official and signing a document.
91 suspected of corruption in China repatriated in past year
Nov 26, 2015
- China ramps up international manhunt as nationwide anti-graft campaign continues Ninety-one people suspected of corruption have been repatriated to China since October last year.
China captures corruption suspect thought to have fled overseas
October 22, 2015
- In April, Beijing published its “Sky Net” list of top 100 suspects thought to have gone overseas, having long maintained its anti-corruption fight was being hampered by Western countries’ reluctance to sign extradition treaties. “These years, I have been hiding here and there in distant places,” the official Sichuan Daily quoted Zhu Zhenyu, a suspect in the embezzlement of more than 1.4 million yuan ($220,000) through mortgage loan schemes, as saying after his capture.
US returns woman to face fraud charges in China
September 24, 2015
- Kuang Wanfang, who is wanted in a bribery investigation and is the wife of a former official of the state-owned Bank of China, was repatriated following cooperation with U.S. law enforcement officials, China’s Supervision Ministry said. She is the second person to be sent back to China from the United States since Beijing launched a “Sky Net” campaign in April to bring back people who are accused of economic crimes and have fled overseas.
China to the U.S.: Return our fugitives
September 24, 2015
- Cooperation on this issue is likely on Xi’s agenda when he meets President Obama in Washington this week during his first official state visit. While China has been vocal in asking the U.S. for help capturing and returning the fugitives, Washington has largely stayed silent — though it did confirm earlier this year it had received a list of priority targets from China. Still, there is evidence that the U.S. has been cooperating with China. On Thursday, Beijing announced that Kuang Wanfang, a Chinese national who had been convicted on fraud and money laundering charges in the U.S., had been sent back to China. Last week, the U.S. also repatriated Yang Jinjun, who had appeared on a “most wanted” list released by Beijing in March. The list included photos and identification numbers of former local government officials, police officers, accountants and more.
U.S. Repatriates Fugitive Businessman Long Sought by China
SEPT. 18, 2015
- The businessman, Yang Jinjun, is the first among 100 people accused of corruption and pursued abroad by China this year to be sent back from the United States, China’s chief anticorruption body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, said in a statement.
U.S. warns China on agents pressuring expatriates to return home – NY Times
Aug 17, 2015
- The Times said the State Department warned China in recent weeks to stop the agents’ activities. According to U.S. officials cited by the newspaper, the agents, working undercover for China’s Ministry of Public Security, were likely entering the United States on trade or tourist visas and using “various strong-arm tactics” to pressure expatriates to go back home.
China requests U.S. return businessman
- Ling Wancheng was the target of an anti-corruption campaign under President Xi Jinping, the Times reports. Ling is the youngest brother of Ling Jihua, a senior adviser of former Chinese president Hu Jintao. In July, Ling Jihua was accused of taking bribes and committing sexual misconduct, according to the BBC.
Six fugitives back to China from Indonesia
- Six wanted suspects were returned to China from Indonesia on Sunday morning, said the Ministry of Public Security. They are added to the 256 fugitives who have been handed back to China from more than 30 countries and regions since the operation of “Fox Hunt 2015” started in April, said the ministry in a press release.
Economic fugitive returned to China
- Sun Xin, 46, and a former cashier of the Beijing municipal bureau of press, is suspected of embezzlement while at the bureau. He allegedly transferred money to his own company and used some of it to play the futures and stock market. He fled to Southeast Asia on Oct. 2008. The municipal police learned that Sun was hiding in Cambodia in May and worked with the Cambodia public security department to locate Sun.
High tech helps “Fox Hunt 2015” net China’s fugitives
- In March, a Chinese man called Zhang entered China on an Australian passport. With the help of face recognition technology and supporting data, the police discovered the man was Xie Renliang, who had fled abroad in 1997 when facing financial fraud charges. Face recognition technology can also recognize people even after they have cosmetic surgery, because it uses markers such as interpupillary distance and other stable information.
China’s Most Wanted Fugitive, Yang Xiuzhu, Who Embezzled $40M, Held In US
May 28 2015
- Yang Xiuzhu, China’s most wanted fugitive, who fled the country in 2003 and is accused of embezzling over $40 million, is in U.S. custody, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing the Communist Party’s anti-corruption agency. China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) reportedly said that Yang was held in the U.S. last year after she entered the country with a fake Dutch passport.
China catches 150 fugitives from 32 countries in economic crime crackdown
May 14, 2015
- The Chinese police have brought back 150 graft suspects from 32 countries as the government’s crackdown on economic crimes intensifies, the China Daily newspaper reported. Eight of the suspects had been on the run for more than 10 years, and 44 were involved in cases relating to tens of millions of yuan, the newspaper said, citing Gao Feng, the political commissar of the Public Security Ministry’s (MPS) economic crimes bureau.
China repatriates No 2 ‘Sky Net’ fugitive official who fled to Singapore after alleged 94m yuan fraud
10 May, 2015
- China’s campaign targeting the 100 “most wanted” corrupt officials that have fled abroad has led to the repatriation of the No 2 fugitive on the list, state media reported yesterday.
- Li Huabo, former section director of the finance bureau in Poyang county, in Jiangxi province, fled to Singapore in January 2011, after being accused of fraud involving 94 million yuan (HK$119 million).
China ‘captured’ its first ‘economic fugitive’ — and he comes from Wall Street
Apr. 27, 2015
- China “captured” the first person on its list of most wanted economic fugitives on Saturday, state media reported.
- Officials nabbed Dai Xuemin, the former head of an investment and trust company in Shanghai, when he was trying to enter the country with fake documents. He fled China in 2001 and is suspected of embezzling $1.7 million.
China’s Top Financial Fugitives Flee Abroad: New Report Lists ‘Operation Fox Hunt’ Targets
April 22 2015
- China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection has posted online a list of the country’s top international economic fugitives in an effort to ramp up the global search for the suspects, who are believed to have fled to countries including the United States, Canada and Australia. The list was initially released to foreign governments to help apprehend the suspects and recover assets in an anti-corruption campaign called Operation Fox Hunt.
- Late last year, China reportedly arrested 288 financial fugitives who were living abroad in the first wave of Operation Fox Hunt, which was announced in July 2014. The Ministry of Public Security reported that 126 of those arrested were brought back to China where they confessed to their crimes. “The economic fugitives seem like the crafty foxes who have fled overseas to avoid punishment, but we, the wise hunters, will nail them. No matter where they are, or who they are, we will catch them,” Liu Dong, deputy director of economic crimes at the ministry, said at the time, as Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
China’s Interpol office issues list of economic fugitives: graft watchdog
April 22, 2015
- BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Interpol office has released a list of 100 wanted economic fugitives, the ruling Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said on Wednesday, as the government deepens its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas.
- The move is part of “Sky Net”, an initiative that the Chinese government unveiled last month to better coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas, and to recover their dirty assets.
China says using young, educated anti-graft officials as ‘fox hunters’
April 18, 2015
- SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China’s team charged with hunting down officials suspected of corruption who have fled overseas is aged 30 on average, speaks foreign languages and is well educated, a Chinese official said, giving rare details of a secretive operation.
- Liu said team members were selected in part for their “emotional quotient” for dealing with overseas law enforcement, and for their ability to handle adversity, the report said. “We have no enforcement rights overseas, so we have to understand and respect local laws,” he was quoted as saying.
Chinese police chase corruption suspects in Australian suburbs
April 15, 2015
- Chinese police have quietly travelled to the eastern suburbs of Melbourne to “persuade” a Chinese-born tour bus driver to return and face bribery charges in China. It is believed to be the first confirmed account of Chinese officers travelling to a Western country to deal directly with targets of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s expanding “Operation Fox Hunt” campaign, aimed at repatriating corrupt officials and seizing their hidden assets overseas
China Says US Agrees to Help Hunt ‘Economic Fugitives’
April 11, 2015
- BEIJING— The United States has promised support for China’s campaign to hunt corrupt officials fleeing abroad, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Friday, after meetings between security officials from the world’s two largest economies.
- Guo said that the two sides should cooperate in law enforcement, Xinhua said, and that both sides agreed they would not harbor fugitives.
China extradites fraud suspect from Greece
10 Apr, 2015
- China has successfully extradited an economic fugitive from Greece as part of its Fox Hunt project, which aims to hunt down corrupt officials who have fled overseas. The economic fugitive, who is only known by his last name as Hu, allegedly embezzled 44 million yuan worth of loans and fled to Cyprus with his family. He was arrested at Athens after the Chinese police issued a red alert through Interpol.
China asks UK for help in extraditing corrupt officials
- China has cast its attention on overseas countries including America and Britain asking for their support and help in arresting corrupt Chinese officials living overseas. According to a BBC report, an anonymous official authority said the Chinese government had already asked the UK to offer help repatriating approximately 50 corrupt officials.
China launches ‘Sky Net’ to better coordinate graft fight
Mar 26, 2015
- BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese government has unveiled an initiative called “Sky Net” to better coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas, and to recover their dirty assets, the latest step in its fight against graft. The group will be comprised of officials from the Communist Party’s corruption watchdog the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Public Security Ministry, the Supreme Prosecutor, the party’s Organisation Department and the central People’s Bank of China.
- Last week, the corruption watchdog said 500 suspects were repatriated to China last year, along with more than 3 billion yuan ($484.32 million).
‘There’s nowhere to run,’ China tells corrupt officials
26 Mar 2015
- In a 3,700-word report, the state-run China Youth Daily detailed some of the ways in which corrupt officials had been spirited into the custody of the “Central Commission for Discipline Inspection”, Beijing’s dreaded anti-corruption agency.
- “Some were about to go on business trips when the commission decided to capture them. Others may have planned to flee when they sensed something was up. But of course, whatever the situation, agents always had ways of controlling them,” the newspaper, which is owned by the Communist Party’s Youth League, reported.
- Shen Weichen, once a highflying party chief in the coal-rich province of Shanxi, was returning from a trip when agents pounced. “His flight landed safely. He didn’t,” the China Youth Daily reported.
China gives ‘priority list’ of wanted officials to U.S.
Mar 25, 2015
- (Reuters) – China has provided a “priority” list to the United States of Chinese officials who are suspected of corruption and are believed to have fled to the U.S., a top state-run newspaper said on Wednesday. Last year, Chinese officials said more than 150 “economic fugitives”, many of them described as corrupt government officials, were in the United States.
- “We continue to encourage China to provide strong evidence and intelligence to ensure that our law enforcement agencies can properly investigate and prosecute cases related to the alleged corruption,” the spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, said.
U.S. may deport to China indicted ex-wife of fugitive Chinese official
Mar 19, 2015
- (Reuters) – The United States may deport to China the ex-wife of a fugitive Chinese official indicted on money laundering and immigration fraud charges, a U.S. prosecutor said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday indicted Jianjun Qiao, the former director of a government grain storage facility in central China, and his ex-wife Shilan Zhao, accusing them of funneling stolen money into the United States and fraudulently obtaining U.S. visas.
China paper details ‘repentance letters’ of corrupt officials
Mar 17, 2015
- (Reuters) – An official Chinese newspaper provided unusual details on Wednesday of the “repentance letters” officials sometimes write after being accused of corruption, shining a light on the murky process the government employs to fight a deep-seated problem.
- But writing in the military’s People’s Liberation Army Daily, Zhang Xuejie, identified as a political commissar for the army, said he had seen the repentance letters of 23 officials accused of corruption, including two very senior ones.
China sheds light on its quest to track down fleeing officials
18 March, 2015
- The Ministry of Public Security launched “Operation Fox Hunt” last year to track down fleeing officials and since then more than 500 fugitives with over 3 billion yuan (HK$3.8 billion) in assets offshore have been returned to China, according to the authorities.
- The article said that in some cases China would send agents to persuade fugitives to end their exile, but in others it would provide evidence of criminal activity to host countries to repatriate them for illegal immigration directly or via a third country. The office also gave evidence so that host countries could prosecute the fugitives under local laws, the article said.
Chinese police run secret operations in B.C. to hunt allegedly corrupt officials and laundered money
- Chinese police agents have been conducting secret operations in Canada — a top destination for allegedly corrupt officials — seeking to “repatriate” suspects and money laundered in real estate.
- Cases of high-profile fugitives sent back to China from B.C. include Lai Changxing, the alleged mastermind of a billion-dollar smuggling operation in China, who was returned to Beijing in 2011, and Li Dongzhe, who turned himself over to Beijing officials in 2012 after hiding out in North Vancouver for six years.
China sends more police liaison officers overseas
- China has sent 49 police liaison officers to Chinese embassies and consulates in 27 countries to help track down fugitives and handle emergencies, said the Ministry of Public Security on Sunday. Police liaison officers were first dispatched to Chinese Embassy in the United States in 1998 and have played an active role since then, said the ministry, adding 13 more officers will be sent to another four countries in 2015.
Fraud suspect extradited to China from Italy
- BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) — An economic fraud suspect was returned to China under police escort on Tuesday after 10 years on the run in Italy, marking the first extradition of its kind from a European country. The suspect, surnamed Zhang, is alleged to have stolen more than 1.4 million yuan (223,700 U.S. dollars) from clients while she worked for a securities company in north China’s Hebei Province between Jan. 2000 and Jan. 2005, according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security.
Xinhua Insight: China escalates war on “foxes”
- Operation “Fox Hunt 2014”, which ended on Dec. 31, resulted in the trapping of 680 foxes; corruptive officials and economic crime suspects who have fled the country, the Ministry of Public Security announced Thursday.
- Of those seized, 390 turned themselves in; 208 are implicated in cases involving over ten million yuan (1.6 million U.S. dollars); and 117 had been at large for over a decade, one having been on the run for 22 years.
- The fugitives were seized in 69 countries and regions, assistant police chief Meng Qingfeng said, adding that over 70 police teams had been sent overseas on the hunt. A total of 332 gave themselves up after October’s ultimatum: Give yourself up before Dec. 1 to receive more lenient sentences.
China says nets 680 graft suspects in ‘unprecedented’ haul
Jan 8, 2015
- (Reuters) – China’s aggressive anti-corruption campaign targeting suspects who have fled abroad has led to an “unprecedented” repatriation of 680 people suspected of committing economic crimes, the China’s Ministry of Public Security said on Thursday.
- The repatriation of the 680 suspects also included the capture of 117 suspects who had been at large for over a decade and 390 people who turned themselves in.
Canada, China to sign deal on return of fugitives’ seized assets
Dec 15, 2014
- (Reuters) – Canada is set to finalize a deal with China to return ill-gotten assets seized from those suspected of economic crimes, the official China Daily reported on Monday, as Beijing works to track down corrupt officials who have fled overseas.
- With the deal, Canada, one of the top two destinations for suspected economic fugitives from China, would become the third country to agree to help Beijing deal with such offenses, following offers this year from France and Australia.
China nabs 428 suspects in int’l anti-graft net
Dec 04, 2014
- BEIJING, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Chinese police have seized 428 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes in an international manhunt that began in July, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday.
- The fugitives were seized in 60 countries and regions. Of those seized, 141 were involved in economic crimes involving over 10 million yuan (1.63 million U.S. dollars), and 32 have been at large for more than 10 years, the ministry said. In the campaign, 231 suspects turned themselves in, it added.
154 ‘foxes’ surrender before deadline
- At least 154 fugitives suspected of economic crimes have turned themselves in ahead of the Dec 1, deadline which grants lighter punishment amid the “Fox Hunt 2014” campaign, the Beijing News reported Tuesday.
- Those who confessed their crimes and returned to China voluntarily would be given a lighter or mitigated punishment if they did so before Dec 1, 2014, according to the announcement.
France to help China in hunt for corruption suspects
Dec 2, 2014
- (Reuters) – France is ready to help China track down people suspected of corruption who may be on French soil, and does not rule out extraditing any it finds to Beijing, a justice ministry official said.
- Robert Gelli, the French justice ministry’s director of criminal affairs, told Reuters that Chinese authorities would shortly send their French counterparts a list of people suspected of “getting rich from corruption and seeking refuge in other countries, or investing this money in other countries”. The list is expected to contain about 10 names, of whom two or three are thought to be in France, Gelli said. The rest may now be elsewhere in Europe, but have current or previous links to France.
Latest Fox Hunt ’14 figures: 312 netted overseas
- Chinese police have nabbed at least 312 economic fugitives from 57 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, and Japan, and have confiscated some of their illegal assets since a crackdown in July on suspects fleeing overseas, according to the Ministry of Public Security.
- Among the fugitives netted in the six-month “Fox Hunt 2014” campaign, 146 were persuaded to return to confess their crimes. The police also brought back more than 80 economic fugitives from the US, Canada, Australia and Belgium to stand trial, ministry figures showed.
China’s ‘Fox Hunt’ grabs 288 suspects in worldwide anti-graft net
Nov 17, 2014
- (Reuters) – China has arrested 288 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes as part of an aggressive anti-corruption effort aimed at individuals who have fled abroad, the official government news agency Xinhua said. The campaign, dubbed Operation Fox Hunt, included the surrender of 126 suspects, Xinhua said, citing China’s Ministry of Public Security.
- China has conducted activities in 56 countries, including the United States, Canada, Spain, South Korea, and South Africa, it said, citing Vice Minister of Public Security Liu Jinguo.
China Seeks Foreign Help To Hunt Down Corrupt Officials
- “We are setting up what is called an anti-corruption and transparency network,” said Alan Bollard, APEC’s Secretariat executive director. “This group will try and bring together the actual operational people who will share information on particular cases, share information about how to get convictions and prosecutions and, if necessary, assets back as well.”
- Beijing initiated the proposal, which also is backed by the United States, and foreign ministers from the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation grouping endorsed wording Saturday to refer to leaders at the summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
China Set to Host Regional Anticorruption Network
Nov. 5, 2014
- SHANGHAI—Asia-Pacific nations are set to endorse a plan to base a regional anticorruption network in China, which intends to run it within the Communist Party’s secretive investigative agency, people familiar with the strategy say. China is increasingly extending its domestic antigraft campaign internationally to, as one policy maker put it, “cut off the escape route of corrupt fugitives.”
- The network, called Act-Net, will be based at the training arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Discipline Inspection Commission, a secret police with extralegal powers to detain and investigate officials without charge or legal representation.
180 economic fugitives back in China to face trial
Oct 31, 2014
- CHINA – Authorities in China have succeeded in getting extradited or persuading 180 economic fugitives to return to China and face trial since launching a campaign called “Fox Hunt” in July. The number of the fugitives being repatriated during the first 100 days of the “Fox Hunt” is more than that of the whole year of 2013. The returned suspects include many alleged corrupt officials who fled to more than 40 countries and regions, including the US, Canada, Australia and Southeast Asian nations. Among the fugitives, 104 were hunted down by the police and 76 were persuaded to return. Forty four are suspected to be involved with ill-gotten assets over 10 million yuan (S$2.09 million).
Inside China’s ‘Fox Hunt’ for economic fugitives
Published on Oct 31, 2014
- At least 180 fugitives on the run abroad have been captured since China announced a “Fox hunt” for them, which was launched in July. Also, more and more suspects are deciding to turn themselves in following a judicial ultimatum from China.
Australia set to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials
October 20, 2014
- Beijing: The Australian Federal Police are poised to seize assets of corrupt Chinese officials within weeks, in an unprecedented joint operation with their Chinese counterparts.
- The joint operation will make their first forfeiture of assets within weeks, having agreed on a priority list of alleged economic fugitives who have taken residence in Australia – identified by Beijing as one of the most popular outlets for corrupt Chinese money.
China entices overseas corruption fugitives to return with promise of leniency
October 11, 2014
- BEIJING — Chinese authorities are urging officials who have fled abroad to avoid corruption charges to turn themselves in before Dec. 1 in exchange for leniency or face stiffer punishment.
- “No matter where they have fled and how long … we must track them down and bring them to justice,” Huang Shuxian, a senior party disciplinary inspection official, told the official Xinhua News Agency.
- Beijing launched the special operation “Fox Hunt 2014” in July to track down such fugitives. Police say the operation so far has brought back 128 officials suspected of graft, bribery, or other economic crimes from more than 40 countries and regions.
China pledges to cut “escape route” of corrupt officials
- At a conference on an international manhunt of duty-related crime suspects on Saturday, Qiu Xueqiang, deputy procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP), urged prosecutors to intensify their work to prevent relevant suspects from escaping.
- “China will never let corrupt officials escape punishment of the law,” Qiu said.
- Also on Saturday, Chinese police announced that it has seized 102 suspects in a separate campaign targeting corrupt officials and suspects in economic crimes that have fled abroad. In a latest move, Chinese police on Saturday afternoon escorted four suspects captured in Thailand to Beijing. One of the four was suspected of loan fraud and has been at large for 10 years. The other three were suspected of contract frauds with one case involved money up to 67 million yuan (10.9 million U.S. dollars), the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said in a statement.
- “We have confidence, as well as the ability, to bring the suspects to justice, no matter where and how long they fled,” Meng said.
88 nailed in China’s int’l manhunt for fugitive economic crime suspects
- BEIJING, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) — Chinese police have seized 88 suspects in an international manhunt since July which targets corrupt officials and suspects in economic crimes that have fled the county, the Ministry of Public Security said Saturday. Eleven of the suspects have been at large for more than 10 years, the ministry said. They include a suspect surnamed Wang who had been on the run for 14 years in Canada, after taking advantage of his previous job to embezzle more than 60 million yuan (nearly 10 million U.S. dollars).
Fugitive ends life on the lam
- Another Chinese ‘fox’ returns home to face consequences of financial scandal, reports Zhang Yan in Beijing. ‘I can finally sleep well tonight. I won’t have to worry about where to hide to avoid being arrested,” said Zhu Yujie as he stood on Chinese soil for the first time in 10 years.
- “Only by returning and confessing, will I be able to end my life of crime and start over,” he said, as tears rolled down his face.
30 economic crime suspects returned to China in 1 month
- In the bustling financial district in Beijing stands the headquarters of Fox Hunt 2014, sitting among China’s financial regulators and institutions. Fox Hunt 2014, a special task force of the Economic Crime Investigation Department (ECID) of the Ministry of Public Security, consists of a group of police officers and specialists that seeks to bring back financial criminals from abroad, or “foxes,” as they refer to them. The agency has brought in over 30 criminals in the month since it started operating on Jul. 22, according to the party-run Global People magazine.
- According to data released by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in 2011, more than 18,000 former governmental officials fled the country, taking with them over 800 billion yuan (US$130 billion). Another report, published by state-run China News Service in 2006, stated that about 800 financial criminals were in hiding overseas with about 70 billion yuan (US$11.4 billion) of property at that time.
Porn-plagued Qvod’s Manager Repatriated
- Wang Xin, who ran Shenzhen Qvod Technology Co, Ltd, was repatriated back to China, on August 8, 110 days after he fled overseas, revealed the state watchdog for anti pornography and illegal publications crackdowns. Wang’s company developed the popular video player “Qvod Player” that was found to have provided massive porn videos for netizens to watch and download.
China Takes Anti-Graft Obsession Over the Border
Aug 15, 2014
- China is using its chairmanship of the 21-economy Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum this year to highlight the anti-corruption issues that have obsessed China’s leadership at home. APEC members met in Beijing on Friday to launch what they call ACT-NET – The APEC Network of Anti-Corruption Authorities and Law Enforcement Agencies.
- After the high-minded statements, representatives of law enforcement agencies from the various nations met to swap stories and compare techniques. For China, the goals are two-fold, say Chinese and U.S. officials. Beijing wants to make the APEC session, which will culminate in a leaders summit in November, a success. It’s trying to put together a “Beijing Declaration” with commitments by the various nations to step up anti-corruption efforts.
Many Chinese economic fugitives still at large in US
- More than 150 economic fugitives from China, most of whom are corrupt officials or face allegations of corruption, remain at large in the United States, according to an official from the Ministry of Public Security. “The US has become the top destination for Chinese fugitives fleeing the law,” said Liao Jinrong, director general of the International Cooperation Bureau under the Ministry of Public Security.
- The Ministry of Public Security is attempting to set up an annual high-level meeting with US judicial authorities, including the US Department of Homeland Security, in a bid to apprehend more Chinese fugitives, Wang said. If this is established, participants will discuss major issues and exchange views on intelligence, case assistance, criminals’ repatriation and the recovery of transferred assets, he said.
China Hunts Fugitive Cadres With New Office, Global Times Says
July 30, 2014
- China’s anti-graft watchdog created an office to hunt corrupt officials who have fled the country with cash they stole, the Global Times reported today. The International Cooperation Bureau has “an important function in hunting down fugitive officials and corrupt money,” the newspaper said, citing Deputy Director Xie Guanghui.
Chasing China’s high-profile criminals across the world
- One major suspect, a woman named Yu Youjing who embezzled more than 100 million yuan (US$16 million), was recently found in Uganda and brought back on July 3.
- In June, Shanghai police said they arrested 14 suspected economic criminals, with 11 extradited from Asian nations and territories including Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines and the remaining three from the US, Austria and Australia. Shanghai police said they will cooperate with other countries, especially in Southeast Asia, to continue arresting escaped criminal suspects.
China launches campaign to nab overseas suspects
- BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) — The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on Tuesday launched a campaign to apprehend suspects involved in economic crimes who have fled China.
- Since 2008, more than 730 criminal suspects involved in major economic crimes have been seized and brought back to China from 54 nations and regions.
- “Even if they are in corners of the world, we will seize them and bring them to justice to defend the law and safeguard people’s interests,” said Liu.