China: Fox Hunt brought back 150 graft suspects this year

May 15, 2015 14:02
The government last year launched Fox Hunt to go after graft suspects who fled abroad, often taking large sums of money with them. Photo: Reuters

China has brought back some 150 graft suspects from 32 countries as the government steps up its crackdown on economic crimes.

Eight of the suspects had been on the run for more than 10 years and 44 were involved in cases relating to tens of millions of yuan, Reuters said, citing a China Daily report.

Gao Feng, head of the economic crime investigation unit of the Ministry of Public Security, said a total of 100,000 economic crime cases involving nearly 192 billion yuan (US$30.96 billion) had been tackled, mainly involving the illegal fundraising of cash from the public, credit card fraud and production and distribution of counterfeit currency.

Last year the government launched Operation Fox Hunt to go after suspects who left China seeking refuge abroad, often taking large sums of money with them, as part of a campaign led by President Xi Jinping to stamp out corruption.

In January, the public security ministry said that it had captured 680 people from July to December last year, a number it described as "unprecedented".

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