Official suspected of graft is extradited to Shanghai

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 May, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 May, 2004, 12:00am

A Shanghai power official suspected of corruption who fled overseas was extradited to the city yesterday after seven years abroad.

He is the second wanted official forced to return to the mainland in just more than a month.

Yang Zhongwan , former head of Shanghai's Nuclear Power Office and the manager of the Huashen Nuclear Power Company, fled the mainland in 1997, the Xinmin Evening News reported.

The newspaper did not name the country that extradited him to the mainland.

In mid-April, the United States deported Yu Zhendong , former manager of the Bank of China branch in Guangdong's Kaiping city , who was also wanted for corruption.

Between 1993 and 1995, Yang used his position for personal benefit by embezzling funds, the newspaper said.

State media estimates more than 4,000 officials have fled abroad, nearly half to the US, taking at least US$5 billion with them. The mainland does not have an extradition treaty with the US.

Experts say the biggest obstacle for extradition from overseas is the death penalty. Beijing has pledged not to use it in some cases.