Po­lice li­aisons help in crim­i­nal cases abroad

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CUI JIA cui­[email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

The 63 li­ai­son of­fi­cers from Chi­nese po­lice forces sent to the na­tion’s em­bassies and con­sulates in 31 coun­tries have played a key role in han­dling an in­creas­ing num­ber of cases abroad in­volv­ing Chi­nese peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity.

The of­fi­cers have worked with lo­cal po­lice, as­sist­ing in 5,000 transna­tional cases and help­ing repa­tri­ate 1,349 fugi­tives over the past five years. They have sig­nif­i­cantly boosted in­ter­na­tional law en­force­ment co­op­er­a­tion in fighting crime and hunt­ing fugi­tives. More im­por­tantly, their pres­ence has helped bet­ter pro­tect the in­ter­ests of Chi­nese peo­ple who live or travel abroad, the min­istry said.

“Lit­tle do peo­ple know that many Chi­nese fugi­tives listed on In­ter­pol’s red no­tices turned them­selves in be­cause of the work of po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers,” said Yu Yang, an of­fi­cer with the min­istry’s de­part­ment of po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers. Yu spoke with China Daily this week on the side­lines of the on­go­ing 86th In­ter­pol Gen­eral Assem­bly in Beijing.

Red no­tices is­sued by In­ter­pol are re­quests to lo­cate and pro­vi­sion­ally ar­rest an in­di­vid­ual pend­ing repa­tri­a­tion. The In­ter­pol Gen­eral Assem­bly opened on Tues­day, with par­tic­i­pants of the four-day an­nual meet­ing dis­cussing ways to in­crease co­op­er­a­tion on re­turn­ing fugi­tives who are the sub­ject of a red no­tice.

Po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers were first dis­patched to the Chi­nese em­bassy in the United States in 1998. The num­ber of of­fi­cers in the coun­try has in­creased to three be­cause of the grow­ing need for co­or­di­na­tion, Yu said. The of­fi­cers meet with US law en­force­ment of­fi­cers reg­u­larly to dis­cuss is­sues re­gard­ing Chi­nese fugi­tives.

Zhang Kan, who speaks flu­ent Span­ish, be­came a po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cer in the Chi­nese em­bassy in Ar­gentina in 2015. “The po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cers are

both po­lice of­fi­cers and diplo­mats,” Zhang, 33, said. Like most of the li­aisons, his term is four years.

With more Chi­nese peo­ple trav­el­ing and liv­ing aboard, emer­gen­cies in­volv­ing them in for­eign coun­tries have in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. By closely work­ing with lo­cal po­lice and hav­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the dif­fer­ent coun­tries’ le­gal sys­tems, the li­aisons can help en­sure such cases are han­dled more ef­fec­tively and the rights of Chi­nese peo­ple are pro­tected, Zhang said.

With Zhang’s as­sis­tance, Ar­gen­tine po­lice in June 2016 busted a crim­i­nal gang with Chi­nese mem­bers that hired oth­ers to carry out as­sas­si­na­tions.

“Al­though we have no right to be­come in­volved in the ac­tual mis­sions, we can help Ar­gen­tine po­lice trans­late ev­i­dence in Chi­nese into Span­ish and pro­vide valu­able sug­ges­tions as a fel­low po­lice of­fi­cer,” Zhang said.

On Jan 7, 2015, a fam­ily mem­ber of an over­seas Chi­nese busi­ness­man sur­named Yu called Zhu Ronghui, a po­lice li­ai­son of­fi­cer at the Chi­nese em­bassy in Rus­sia, and told him that Yu had been kid­napped.

Zhu im­me­di­ately con­tacted lo­cal po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors he knew and asked them to make their best ef­forts to res­cue Yu.

He closely fol­lowed Rus­sian po­lice progress while telling po­lice in China to track down the kid­nap­pers’ ac­com­plices in Fu­jian prov­ince. On Jan 13 of that year, Rus­sian po­lice lo­cated Yu and launched a res­cue mis­sion. As soon as the four kid­nap­pers in Rus­sia were caught, Zhu con­tacted Fu­jian po­lice and told them it was safe to ar­rest the two sus­pects in China.

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