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19 October 2017 Last updated 7 hours ago

Most-wanted fugitive extradited to China, brought to justice for corruption

Yang Xiuzhu, former deputy chief of a provincial construction bureau Yang Xiuzhu, former deputy chief of a provincial construction bureau

Yang Xiuzhu, former deputy chief of a provincial construction bureau in Zhejiang province and - until recently - an overseas fugitive, has been extradited to China after 13 years hiding outside of China. Yang surrendered herself to police on Nov. 16. With Yang's case closed, a total of 37 fugitives listed on Interpol's red notice have been located.

Yang, who was accused of corruption, fled the country after her crime was uncovered. She then spent time hiding in a number of countries, even unsuccessfully attempting to seek asylum in France and the Netherlands. However, since 2014, China's central government has been cooperating across diplomatic, judiciary and legal lines to bring Yang to justice.

Yang went to the U.S. to once again seek asylum in May 2014. Through an anti-corruption working group under the U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group (JLG), China requested help from American law enforcement to extradite Yang. After receiving relevant evidence, American police officers arrested and detained Yang.

Yang’s case once again proves the determination of President Xi and the CPC to punish corruption. China's leadership has demonstrated that there is no safe haven for corrupt officials, and anti-corruption efforts will not let up until the last fugitive is brought to justice.