Date
27 March 2017
Yang Xiuzhu was detained by Dutch authorities 10 years ago but has yet to be sent back to China. Photo: Reuters
Yang Xiuzhu was detained by Dutch authorities 10 years ago but has yet to be sent back to China. Photo: Reuters

China Interpol office issues list of economic fugitives

China’s Interpol office has released a list of 100 wanted economic fugitives, the Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog said.

The government is stepping up its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas.

The people on the list, published on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), were mostly mid-level officials and company executives, Reuters reported.

Among them is Yang Xiuzhu, a senior official who oversaw construction projects in the province of Zhejiang.

She was eventually detained in Amsterdam in 2005 but, nearly a decade on, China has yet to get her back despite lengthy negotiations with the Netherlands.

The move is part of Sky Net, an initiative the Chinese government unveiled last month to coordinate its fight against suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas and to recover their dirty assets.

The list from Interpol’s National Central Bureau of China showed the suspects’ photographs, identification and visa numbers, possible flight destinations and the crimes they were accused of committing.

“Via Interpol and other channels, China has requested law enforcement organs in related countries to strengthen cooperation and help bring these suspects back to justice,” the bureau said.

The CCDI said the 100 people were only a fraction of the country’s targets, and future suspects escaping overseas will receive the same treatment.

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