Brothers' escape too easy

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 June, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 June, 2000, 12:00am

Shenzhen legislators are putting pressure on the city's police over their failure to catch two Hong Kong brothers who allegedly swindled more than two billion yuan (HK$1.8 billion) and fled the country last June.

Fourteen deputies of the Shenzhen People's Congress - the city's legislature - have signed a request that the police explain why they failed to pursue businessmen Peng Hai-huai and Peng Hai-sheng, the Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News said yesterday.

The deputies accused police of ignoring evidence gathered by various government departments that implicated a Shenzhen company run by the brothers.

According to the request drafted by deputy Yang Jianchang, Shenzhen police have repeatedly ignored instructions from their superiors, including former mayor Li Zhibin and Guangdong and national police, to investigate the men.

In April last year, anti-graft boss Li Tongshu again asked the police to investigate the Pengs and prevent them from fleeing. But the brothers and their wives managed to escape with the money two months later, the paper quoted the request as saying.

According to earlier mainland newspaper reports, the Pengs have been accused of conning mainland banks into giving them loans with fake letters of credit and business contracts.

Yangcheng said yesterday the pair also had stolen a large amount of money from tenants of various properties in Shenzhen.