Of­fi­cial en­cour­ages fugi­tives to re­turn, con­fess

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - Top News -

To date, 54 have been brought back from more than 17 coun­tries and re­gions to face jus­tice, in­clud­ing Yang Xi­uzhu, who was brought back to China in Novem­ber 2016 af­ter 13 years on the run in the United States.

In June, Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties re­leased in­for­ma­tion on 50 in­di­vid­u­als ac­cused of cor­rup­tion and/or eco­nomic crimes and en­cour­aged the pub­lic to pro­vide tips on their where­abouts. Since then, four have been repa­tri­ated.

A typ­i­cal case oc­curred on Wed­nes­day.

Zheng Dongqiang, for­mer deputy head of Xi­a­men’s pub­lic se­cu­rity bu­reau, Fu­jian province, re­turned to plead guilty af­ter two years on the run.

Zheng, 65, was ac­cused of bribery and fled to New Zealand in 2016, then es­caped to Malaysia and Hong Kong. He turned him­self in and vol­un­tar­ily re­turned to seek a more le­nient rul­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the CCDI, most of the fugi­tives are still at large in West­ern coun­tries, in­clud­ing the US, Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

China will beef up prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion with West­ern coun­tries and en­cour­age them to sign bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaties or agree­ments on mu­tual as­sis­tance in crim­i­nal cases to help com­bat cross-bor­der or­ga­nized crime ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing ap­pre­hend­ing fugi­tives and re­cov­er­ing their ill­got­ten as­sets.

Ac­cord­ing to the For­eign Min­istry, China has signed 54 bi­lat­eral ex­tra­di­tion treaties and 63 agree­ments on mu­tual as­sis­tance in crim­i­nal cases with 71 coun­tries.

“Jus­tice will come sooner or later. We en­cour­age fugi­tives to re­turn and con­fess their crimes be­fore the end of De­cem­ber to ob­tain more le­nient pun­ish­ments,” the anony­mous of­fi­cial said.

The law, which clearly de­fines the tasks and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties, is con­sid­ered “a pow­er­ful le­gal weapon to (help) China and for­eign coun­tries hunt down fugi­tives and cut off the source of their dirty money,” said Huang Feng, a law pro­fes­sor at Bei­jing Nor­mal Uni­ver­sity.

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