Tuesday, May 2, 2017

China Publishes Locations Of Corruption Suspects Living Overseas, Including In Canada

Liu Jianchao
The Chinese government is trying a new method of catching corruption suspects now living overseas: naming and shaming.

The state-run newspaper China Daily published the names, photos, and locations of 22 corruption suspects living abroad, mainly in Western countries like Canada, the United States, and Australia.

The notice issued Friday appears to be an attempt to pressure the suspects to reveal themselves, and the countries they live in to turn them over, according to the Associated Press. Many of these countries don't have extradition treaties with China.

Liu Jianchao, international cooperation bureau director for the ruling Communist Party's discipline inspection commission, told China Daily that the party is hoping the public will provide information about the fugitives.

"These corrupt fugitives used illegal means to grab a large amount of public funds and escaped abroad to avoid punishment, which has seriously harmed people's interests and undermined our credibility and social justice," Liu said.

The 22 suspects were all part of an Interpol red-notice list of 100 of China's "most-wanted" criminals, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.  (more...)

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