Shang­hai po­lice repa­tri­ate US fugi­tive sus­pected of theft

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN zhanyan1@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A US cit­i­zen sus­pected of theft in the United States who fled to China was repa­tri­ated on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

Chi­nese po­lice handed the sus­pect over to US law en­force­ment of­fi­cers on Tues­day at Shang­hai Pudong International Air­port. They will es­cort the man back to the US to face jus­tice.

The sus­pect, who was not named, is male. He came to China on a travel visa, the min­istry said.

“It’s an ex­am­ple of ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and the US to repa­tri­ate fugi­tives, af­ter Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump met in Beijing ear­lier this month to de­cide on deep­en­ing ju­di­cial co­op­er­a­tion tar­get­ing transna­tional crimes,” a min­istry state­ment said on its web­site on Tues­day.

The min­istry said the sus­pect is ac­cused of steal­ing ve­hi­cles in the US and was wanted by the FBI. He fled to Shang­hai in 2009 on a tourist visa and made a liv­ing by work­ing as an English teacher.

In Au­gust, the US asked China to pro­vide ju­di­cial as­sis­tance to cap­ture and repa­tri­ate the man. Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Chi­nese po­lice ap­pre­hended the sus­pect in Septem­ber. He was not found to have been in­volved in any crimes in China.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­istry, China has im­ple­mented agree­ments reached by the two pres­i­dents ear­lier this month, and “quickly com­pleted the le­gal doc­u­ments to send the sus­pect to the US to face trial”. This re­flects China’s re­solve to refuse safe haven to for­eign fugi­tives, it said.

It was the fourth time this year that China has sent a fugi­tive back to the US to face jus­tice.

In Oc­to­ber, a fugi­tive sus­pected of sex­u­ally abus­ing mi­nors in the US was sent back.

“We will beef up law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion with our US coun­ter­parts to hunt down cor­rupt fugi­tives and re­cover their ill-got­ten as­sets,” the min­istry’s state­ment said.

FAN JUN / XIN­HUA

A fugi­tive sus­pected of theft from the United States is es­corted to a po­lice ve­hi­cle from a de­ten­tion fa­cil­ity in Shang­hai on Tues­day. He was later handed over to US law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

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