Anti-graft agen­cies set to be re­aligned

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By CAO YIN in Bei­jing caoyin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China’s four-year an­ti­cor­rup­tion fight will pro­duce a new in­sti­tu­tion, called a su­per­vi­sory com­mis­sion, to in­te­grate sep­a­rate and less ef­fec­tive cor­rup­tion con­trol au­thor­i­ties.

Three pro­vin­cial- level su­per­vi­sory com­mis­sions are be­ing as­sem­bled as a test in Bei­jing, Shanxi and Zhe­jiang prov­inces fol­low­ing ap­proval by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, China’s top leg­is­la­ture, in De­cem­ber

Whether the pro­gram will be ex­tended is un­cer­tain, but the three test com­mis­sions are ex­pected to be ready by the end of March, ac­cord­ing to the Com­mu­nist Party of China Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the na­tion’s top anti-cor­rup­tion watch­dog.

The CCDI also said com­mis­sions at city and county lev­els in the three ju­ris­dic­tions will be fin­ished by the end of June.

Le­gal ex­perts call the su­per­vi­sory com­mis­sion a more ef­fi­cient anti-cor­rup­tion in­sti­tu­tion, adding that it will be good to give more struc­ture to the coun­try’s su­per­vi­sory bod­ies.

In a de­par­ture from the frag­mented su­per­vi­sion bod­ies in­side gov­ern­men­tal de­part­ments — such as cor­rup­tion pre­ven­tion bu­reaus and dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tion au­thor­i­ties — the pi­lot pro­gram would have the three

of Zhao’s for­eign in­vest­ments in or­der to ob­tain US im­mi­grant visas.

In 2009, the two re­ceived visas as a cou­ple and came to the US that Oc­to­ber. In mid2011, Zhao ap­plied to have her green card made per­ma­nent.

By early 2012, the pair had about $2.2 mil­lion in laun­dered funds de­posited in a Cana­dian bank ac­count. They pur­chased prop­erty in Seat­tle and New­cas­tle in the state of Wash­ing­ton with money Qiao al­legedly laun­dered from fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions.

In her plea agree­ment, Zhao agreed that $25,000 used to pay re­gions in­te­grate their lo­cal su­per­vi­sory re­sources into the newly built com­mis­sions.

Yang Weidong, a law pro­fes­sor with the Chi­nese Academy of Gov­er­nance, said that the fight against cor­rup­tion will be more in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized and the na­tion’s su­per­vi­sory struc­ture much clearer as a re­sult.

C u r r e n t l y, Chi­nese prosec ut­ing au­thor­i­ties not only in­ves­ti­gate crimes such as dere­lic­tion her bond can be ap­plied to any resti­tu­tion or other mon­e­tary penal­ties or­dered in this case. She also agreed to for­feit her in­ter­est in sev­eral parcels in a house in New­cas­tle and a con­do­minium in New York.

“The EB-5 in­vestor visa pro­gram re­quires all im­mi­grant in­vestors to ac­cu­rately doc­u­ment the source of their funds in their ap­pli­ca­tion,” said IRS Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Act­ing Spe­cial Agent in Charge An­thony J. Or­lando.

This case re­ceived as­sis­tance from the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate and Min­istry of Public Se­cu­rity of China.

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