France to help seize as­sets of cor­rupt of­fi­cials

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

The French gov­ern­ment will as­sist the Chi­nese ju­di­ciary by con­fis­cat­ing the il­le­gal as­sets that cor­rupt of­fi­cials have trans­ferred to France, a se­nior of­fi­cial from the French Min­istry of Jus­tice said. France and China will share the seized funds.

Robert Gelli, di­rec­tor of the Crim­i­nal Af­fairs Depart­ment of the French Min­istry of Jus­tice, said that the min­istry will strengthen co­op­er­a­tion with its Chi­nese coun­ter­parts to track down cor­rupt Chi­nese of­fi­cials and un­cover their trans­ferred funds.

Last month, China and Aus­tralia agreed to en­hance ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion on ex­tra­di­tion of cor­rupt of­fi­cials, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

Aus­tralian ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties have a pri­or­ity list of 100 sus­pected Chi­nese eco­nomic fugi­tives and they will con­duct joint op­er­a­tions within weeks, ac­cord­ing to the Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald.

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