946 fugitives said to be in foreign countries
China’s top graft buster said that 946 corrupt fugitives are still at large in foreign countries, and China hopes those nations will support its war against corruption.
It was the first time China has released the exact number of corrupt fugitives abroad.
Of the 946, Chinese law enforcement officers have a good idea of where 365 are. But the whereabouts of the other 581 are unknown, according to the Communist Party of China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI).
A large number of the wanted fugitives have escaped abroad, especially to the United States and Canada, because of a lack of extradition treaties and legal differences, and some of them have obtained permanent residence in those countries.
The CCDI also made public detailed information about 22 high-profile Chinese fugitives, 15 of whom are in the US and Canada. The information included suspects’ photos, ID numbers, passport numbers, suspected crimes, the date they fled China and their suspected current location.