Bei­jing will re­cruit anti-graft ex­perts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - XI'S VISIT - By ZHANG YAN zhangyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

China plans to re­cruit dozens of ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als who spe­cial­ize in anti-graft stud­ies from G20 mem­ber coun­tries to help curb cross-bor­der cor­rup­tion, ac­cord­ing to a Bei­jing­based G20 re­search cen­ter.

“We’ll in­vite them as vis­it­ing schol­ars to work in the cen­ter for sev­eral months con­duct­ing joint re­search on transna­tional cor­rup­tion crime, in­clud­ing how to hunt down fugi­tives and con­fis­cate il­licit as­sets,” said Huang Feng, di­rec­tor of the Re­search Cen­ter on Co­op­er­a­tion Re­gard­ing Per­sons Sought for Cor­rup­tion and As­set Re­cov­ery in G20 Mem­ber States. He spoke to China Daily on Wed­nes­day.

Huang said Chi­nese and for­eign ex­perts will “share aca­demic achieve­ments and com­pare do­mes­tic and for­eign laws and le­gal pro­ce­dures for con­fis­ca­tion of il­le­gal as­sets, ex­tra­di­tion and ju­di­cial as­sis­tance, as well as an­a­lyz­ing some typ­i­cal cases” to help solve prac­ti­cal prob­lems.

The cen­ter, based at Bei­jing Nor­mal Univer­sity, was set up in Septem­ber as one of the achieve­ments of the G20 Sum­mit in Hangzhou.

In Hangzhou, G20 mem­bers agreed to back the an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign and refuse safe haven for cor­rupt of­fi­cials. They also passed the G20 Anti-Cor­rup­tion Ac­tion Plan 2017-18.

Huang said that the cen­ter has set up a data­base, in­clud­ing 30 Chi­nese ex­perts from ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties and uni­ver­si­ties and 30 for­eign ex­perts from over 10 coun­tries, in­clud­ing the United States and Aus­tralia. They will pro­vide in­tel­li­gence sup­port in the hunt for fugi­tives and funds con­fis­ca­tion.

The cen­ter has drafted a re­search re­port on de­vel­op­ments in cross-bor­der com­mer­cial bribery cases, which was pro­vided to the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, China’s top graft buster, and other of­fi­cials, Huang said. It also pro­vided a re­search re­port on Chi­nese im­mi­gra­tion and over­sight loop­holes, which should help anti-draft of­fi­cers de­ter sus­pects from flee­ing and send­ing funds abroad.

A num­ber of Chi­nese cor­rupt fugi­tives have fled over­seas, par­tic­u­larly to de­vel­oped coun­tries such as the US, Canada and Aus­tralia, to avoid jus­tice due to a lack of ex­tra­di­tion treaties and dif­fer­ences in laws. Many sent mil­lions of yuan in il­le­gal funds to for­eign ac­counts through money laun­der­ing and un­der­ground banks.

Since 2014, China has used its Skynet pro­gram to tar­get the fugi­tives. More than 2,800 eco­nomic fugi­tives have re­turned to face trial from over 70 coun­tries and re­gions.

eco­nomic fugi­tives have re­turned from over 70 coun­tries and re­gions to face trial in China since 2014.

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