Authorities intensify search for corrupt, fugitive officials

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 January, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 January, 2001, 12:00am

Senior law enforcement officials say they are stepping up efforts to catch 4,000 officials guilty of corruption and bribery who have evaded the law.

At a joint press conference convened by the Supreme People's Procuratorate and the Ministry of Public Security, officials said as many as 4,000 officials had successfully absconded with more than five billion yuan (HK$4.7 billion) of public funds, Xinhua reported.

Both law enforcement organs have not disclosed what new and improved means will be employed to track down the criminals or whether they will dispatch undercover agents or send police abroad to help extradite offenders who have fled the country.

'In conjunction with the procurator, police organs need to amply understand the importance of capturing these criminals, cracking cases, pursuing those who have fled and returning money through good means,' Ministry of Public Security Vice-Minister Bai Jingfu said.

Officials urged those guilty of corruption and bribery to turn themselves in, promising to reward those who, in effect, turn state's evidence with reduced or even in some cases no punishment.