Fugi­tive busi­ness­man re­turns to China

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A for­mer drug com­pany chair­man who was on a list of China’s 100 most-wanted fugi­tives abroad has re­turned af­ter 15 years on the lam in New Zealand and Aus­tralia, the gov­ern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Yan Yong­min sur­ren­dered to po­lice and was re­turned to China in co­op­er­a­tion with New Zealand au­thor­i­ties, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion said. There was word on what charges he might face.Yan, for­mer chair­man of Tonghua Golden Horse Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Group in the north­east­ern city of Tonghua, fled to Aus­tralia in 2001 af­ter be­ing ac­cused of fraud and em­bez­zle­ment, ac­cord­ing to ear­lier news re­ports. He later be­came a New Zealand cit­i­zen un­der the name Wil­liam Yan. Yan was on a Chi­nese gov­ern­ment list of the top 100 fugi­tives sought abroad in a marathon drag­net known as “Sky Net.” As of July, 33 peo­ple on that list had been re­turned to China, ac­cord­ing to the gov­ern­ment news­pa­per China Daily.

China has few ex­tra­di­tion treaties with other gov­ern­ments. Bei­jing is ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion with for­eign law en­force­ment but that has been ham­pered in some cases by con­cern charges might be po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and that China has ex­e­cuted con­victs for non-vi­o­lent of­fenses such as tax eva­sion. In Yan’s case, Chi­nese me­dia said hav­ing him re­turned from New Zealand with­out his co­op­er­a­tion would be al­most im­pos­si­ble. Eleven of the sus­pects on the “Sky Net” list are be­lieved to be liv­ing in New Zealand, the No. 3 des­ti­na­tion for Chi­nese fugi­tives af­ter the United States and Canada, ac­cord­ing to the busi­ness news mag­a­zine Caixin.

A New Zealand court in Au­gust ap­proved the seizure of as­sets from Yan val­ued at 43 mil­lion New Zealand dol­lars ($31 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to Chi­nese news re­ports. They said that was the big­gest seizure in New Zealand to date of as­sets re­lated to crimes al­leged to have oc­curred in China. Ear­lier, Aus­tralian au­thor­i­ties also seized some $2.8 mil­lion from Yan, ac­cord­ing to Caixin. —AFP

TOKYO: In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi (right) and Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe pose in front of Shinkansen bul­let train be­fore head­ing for Hyogo pre­fec­ture at Tokyo sta­tion in Tokyo yes­ter­day. Modi is on a three-day visit to Ja­pan. —AP

BEI­JING: In this photo re­leased by China’s Xinhua News Agency, Yan Yong­min (cen­ter) ar­rives at Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Bei­jing yes­ter­day. Yan, a for­mer drug com­pany chair­man who was on a list of China’s 100 most-wanted fugi­tives abroad has re­turned af­ter 15 years on the lam in New Zealand and Aus­tralia.—AP

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