Canada sent fugi­tives back to China

Co­op­er­at­ing with Bei­jing, Canada ships fugi­tives back to China to stand trial


Canada, a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for cor­rupt Chi­nese to flee, has been re­turn­ing dozens of Chi­nese na­tion­als an­nu­ally, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Post.

The coun­try has re­turned 24 Chi­nese na­tion­als to China this year, and the pre­vi­ous Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment sent back more than 330, the news­pa­per re­ported on Sun­day, cit­ing data from Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency data.

In 2015, the num­bers reached a 10-year high of 43, and the low­est num­ber of re­turned fugi­tives over the last 10 years was 18, in 2010, the Post said. The sta­tis­tics do not say what crimes peo­ple were ac­cused of, ac­cord­ing to the Post.

More than a quar­ter of China’s 100 most wanted graft sus­pects are be­lieved to live in Canada, but the two coun­tries do not have a for­mal ex­tra­di­tion treaty.

“The re­turn of in­ad­mis­si­ble per­sons is a nor­mal part of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship with any coun­try. Noth­ing has changed with this pol­icy since the change in gov­ern­ment in 2015,” Nicholas Do­rion of the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency told the Na­tional Post. A work­ing group of Chi­nese and Cana­dian of­fi­cials has been meet­ing reg­u­larly on com­mon law-en­force­ment is­sues, in­clud­ing the re­turn of Chi­nese fugi­tives to China, since 1999.

China has vowed to pur­sue a search be­yond its borders for cor­rupt of­fi­cials and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives, and their as­sets.

In Ad­di­tion to Canada, the United States, Aus­tralia and Singapore also are among the most pop­u­lar coun­tries for fugi­tives due to the lack of bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaties and dif­fer­ences in laws, ac­cord­ing to China’s Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

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 told China Daily this week. The of­fi­cial, who de­clined to re­veal his name, said that “achieve­ments have been made” on some ma­jor cases through ju­di­cial and diplo­matic chan­nels.

In Septem­ber, dur­ing his visit to Canada, Chi­nese Premier Li Ke­qiang signed a treaty on the re­turn of stolen as­sets with Canada. Un­der the agree­ment, the two coun­tries will share the as­sets if their ori­gin can­not be con­firmed.

Doc­u­ments ob­tained with an ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion re­quest show that in 2014 then-Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper told Chi­nese lead­er­ship that he was ea­ger to col­lab­o­rate on the re­turn of fugi­tives, the Post re­ported.

The re­turn of in­ad­mis­si­ble per­sons is a nor­mal part of the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship.” Nicholas Do­rion, Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency

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