China’s top fugi­tive jailed eight years for graft

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BeI­JInG: A Chi­nese court jailed the coun­try’s num­ber one most wanted fugi­tive for eight years for graft and tak­ing bribes, state me­dia said.

Yang Xi­uzhu, a for­mer deputy mayor of Wen­zhou city in the boom­ing east­ern prov­ince of Zhe­jiang, gave her­self in to Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties late last year, re­turn­ing from the United States af­ter spend­ing 13 years in hid­ing.

China ranked Yang top in a 2015 list of its 100 most wanted graft sus­pects who were tar­geted with In­ter­pol red no­tices. Many on the list had fled to the United States, Canada or Aus­tralia.

Some 48 have since re­turned to China.

Yang’s prison sen­tence and a fine of 800,000 yuan (RM511,968) was an­nounced by the Peo­ple’s In­ter­me­di­ate Court in Hangzhou, the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news agency said on so­cial me­dia.

The court gave Yang a re­duced sen­tence as she had ex­pressed re­gret, pleaded guilty and ac­tively re­turned her il­le­gal gains, as well re­turned to China, Xin­hua re­ported.

It was not pos­si­ble to reach Yang or a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for com­ment.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s war on graft has spread be­yond China’s bor­ders with over­seas searches dubbed Op­er­a­tion Fox Hunt and Sky Net hunt­ing down of­fi­cials and busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives who fled over­seas with their as­sets. — Reuters

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