France repatriates first Chinese fugitive since extradition treaty with Beijing: Xinhua
The suspect, detained by French police in October, is accused of taking public funds of more than 20 million yuan without authorisation, Zhejiang police say
France has repatriated a Chinese fugitive for the first time since the two countries signed an extradition treaty that came into effect last year.
The suspect surnamed Chen, who was detained by French police in October, is accused of taking public funds of more than 20 million yuan (HK$23 million) without authorisation, the Xinhua news agency said, citing police from the city of Ruian in Zhejiang province.
China has been trying to get increased international cooperation to hunt down suspected corrupt officials who have fled overseas since President Xi Jinping began a war against deeply-rooted graft more than three years ago.
However, Western countries have been reluctant to help, or sign extradition treaties, not wanting to send people back to a country where rights groups say mistreatment of criminal suspects remains a problem, and also complaining that China is unwilling to provide proof of their crimes.
Beijing has vowed to pursue an overseas search dubbed Operation “Fox Hunt” for corrupt officials and business executives, and their assets.