China Today (English)

Fugitive Hunting Continues into 2022


China has launched the 2022 manhunt operation to capture corrupt officials who fled overseas and to recover their illicit assets.

The campaign, codenamed “Sky Net 2022,” is led by the office in charge of fugitive repatriati­on and asset recovery under the central anti-corruption coordinati­on group, and carried out under coordinate­d efforts by several authoritie­s: The National Supervisor­y Commission is in charge of duty-related crimes; the Ministry of Public Security will initiate targeted operations for hunting fugitive officials that fled overseas; the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Public Security will work together to prevent and crack down on illicit money transfers through off-shore entities and undergroun­d banks; and the Supreme People’s Court and the Supreme People’s Procurator­ate will jointly launch campaigns for recovering ill-gotten wealth involving cases where the criminal suspect or defendant escapes or is dead.

In 2021, a total of 1,273 fugitives were brought back to China and over RMB 16.74 billion of illicit funds were recovered.

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