91 sus­pects repa­tri­ated in past year

China ramps up in­ter­na­tional man­hunt as na­tion­wide anti-graft cam­paign con­tin­ues

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI zhang_yi@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Ninety-one peo­ple sus­pected of cor­rup­tion have been repa­tri­ated to China since Oc­to­ber last year.

They have al­legedly been in­volved in cases worth 776 mil­lion yuan ($122 mil­lion), Cao Jianming, pres­i­dent of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, said at ameet­ing of procu­ra­tor-gen­er­als from China and the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east AsianNa­tions.

In the mid­dle of a na­tion­wide anti-cor­rup­tion­cam­paign tar­get­ing both se­nior and lowlevel of­fi­cials, China is ramp­ing up its in­ter­na­tional man­hunt of cor­rupt fugi­tive of­fi­cials as well as busi­ness­peo­ple.

A multi-depart­ment op­er­a­tion, code-named Skynet, was staged by the Com­mu­nistParty of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion in March. Since then four min­istries — the Cen­tral Or­ga­ni­za­tion Depart­ment of the CPC, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate, the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity and the Peo­ple’s Bank of China — have been making con­certed ef­forts to bring the sus­pects back.

To fa­cil­i­tate the op­er­a­tion, a list of 100 most-wanted fugi­tives was pub­lished in April. The fugi­tives are sub­ject to In­ter­pol red no­tices, which ap­peal for the lo­ca­tion and ar­rest of each wanted per­son, and ask mem­ber states to ex­tra­dite them.

It in­cludes a photo of each fugi­tive, their gen­der, for­mer po­si­tions of em­ploy­ment, main­land per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, the na­tions or re­gions to which they are sus­pected of es­cap­ing and their al­leged crimes.

Ac­cord­ing to the CCDI, the names on the list were only a frac­tion of those tar­geted in its global hunt.

Among them, 40 of the fugi­tives fled to the United States, 26 to Canada, and five to Hong Kong; the rest went to New Zealand, Aus­tralia, Thai­land and Sin­ga­pore.

The op­er­a­tion, dubbed “Fox­hunt” and staged by the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity in July last year, has be­come a ma­jor part of Skynet.

Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics from the min­istry, in the first nine months of the year, a to­tal of 556 fugi­tives re­turned to China from 59 coun­tries and re­gions. Most of them are sus­pected of graft and theft of pub­lic funds.

To cut the chan­nels of money laun­der­ing for cor­rupt gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and com­pany ex­ec­u­tives, an of­fi­cial with the CCDI who re­fused to be iden­ti­fied said it will tar­get un­der­ground banks and break up more money laun­der­ing gangs in the next couple of months.

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