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Friday, September 18, 2015, 14:35

US repatriates Chinese economic fugitive

By Agencies
US repatriates Chinese economic fugitive
An undate d photo shows Yang Yinjun, on a list of 100 most-wanted Chinese fugitives abroad released by China in April, being repatriated from the US. (Photo / CCDI)

BEIJING - A Chinese corruption suspect at large for 14 years has been repatriated from the United States to China.

Yang Yinjun, on a list of 100 most-wanted Chinese fugitives abroad released by China in April, was repatriated through "close cooperation" between the judicial, law enforcement and foreign affairs authorities of China and the United States, the Communist Party of China's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) said in a statement on Friday.

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

Yang is the first of the 100, all of whom were subject to an Interpol Red Notice, to be sent back from the United States. He is the 12th from the list to be netted so far.

Born in 1958, Yang is suspected of embezzlement and bribery. The CCDI believes he fled to the United States in 2001.

Yang's repatriation marks major progress in Sino-US law enforcement cooperation, according to the statement.

"The Chinese government once again warns suspects at large overseas to have a clear understanding of the situation and voluntarily surrender as soon as possible for a chance of leniency," it said.

"The forced repatriation of Yang Jinjun is an important development in the China-US anti-corruption and law enforcement cooperation and has laid an important foundation for cooperation between both sides in this field," the CCDI said.

The announcement comes days before Chinese President Xi Jinping starts his first state visit to the United States.

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