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China steps up hunt for corrupt officials overseas
 
 
 
China steps up hunt for corrupt officials overseas

BEIJING : China will step up its hunt for corrupt officials who have fled abroad, confiscate illegal assets of overseas fugitives and stop suspect offenders leaving the country, as it intensifies the fight against graft, state media said on Wednesday, citing the country’s top prosecutor. Cao Jianming, the head of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, said China will “work more closely with judicial organs abroad to expand channels and measures to hunt those who have fled and to recover ill-gotten gains”, the China Daily newspaper said.
“Once evidence is sufficient, we’ll initiate the confiscation procedure according to the law,” Cao was quoted as saying. China has long grappled with the problem of so-called “naked officials”, the term for government workers whose husbands, wives or children are all overseas, have used their foreign family connections to illegally move assets or avoid probes.

 
 
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