Steps taken to ‘speed up’ corrupt fugitives’ return
China, US said to be ‘in advanced negotiations’ on 5 most-wanted officials
Chinese and US judicial authorities have been speeding up negotiations on returning five most wanted corrupt Chinese officials, who are still on the run in the United States, to face trial at home.
A senior official from the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said that “achievements have been made” on some major cases through judicial and diplomatic channels, although no bilateral extradition treaty was signed between the two countries.
The official, who declined to reveal his name, said Chinese law enforcement officers are seeking assistance from their US counterparts to return the five key corruption suspects, including Yang Xiuzhu, former deputy head of the Zhejiang Provincial Construction Bureau, and Xu Chaofan, former director of Bank of China’s Kaiping branch in Guangdong province.
Yang is suspected of illegal gains totaling 250 million yuan ($37 million) and illegal immigration, and has applied to the US to cancel her political asylum in the US to facilitate her return, according to the CCDI.
Xu, suspected of the theft of bank assets worth $483 million, is willing to come back to confess his crime, the source said.
“We will offer relevant evidence to our US counterparts in a timely manner and leave for the US at a proper time to conduct a joint investigation with
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Left: Yang Jinjun, former general manager of Minghe Group in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, was repatriated in September last year. Yang was the first of the 100 most-wanted fugitives repatriated from the US. Top right: Huang Yurong, a former senior official of the highway agency in Henan province, surrenders at Beijing Capital International Airport in December last year after 13 years in the US. Bottom right: Zhu Haiping, former financial official with the civil aviation authority of Hubei province and a fraud suspect, surrenders at Wuhan’s Tianhe International Airport in July last year.