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Chinese police work with Thai counterparts to nab suspects


10-23-2014 04:19 BJT

Efforts to bring back fugitives who have taken refuge abroad, received a fillip in July, when Chinese police launched a six-month campaign called 'Fox Hunt'. The campaign specifically targeted those who have been accused of committing economic crimes. Nie Jia takes a look at how the campaign led to a crucial arrest in another country.

In April, the Nanling public security bureau in Anhui province received several reports that a borrower had refused to pay back money paid by others. And that the borrower is nowhere to be found.

"We immediately began an investigation and found that a couple allegedly borrowed money illegally that amounted to 127 million yuan. Their whole family had fled to Thailand," Zou Fengfu, Head Of Investigation Team of Nanling Public Security Bureau, said.

The case was quickly reported to the Ministry of Public Security. The ministry put together a working team that was to fly to Thailand. But, getting their way in Thailand wasn’t easy.

"If the suspects have fled to foreign countries, we need to respect local laws. We can’t conduct law enforcement in foreign countries. We need assistance and coordination with authorities there," Liu Dong, head of "Fox Hunt" Office, said.

After arriving in Thailand, Chinese police conducted multiple rounds of conversations and consultations with their Thai counterparts. They set up a joint task force, and narrowed down Chiang Mai city as the possible location of the suspects. Finally, the efforts paid off.

"The Thai officers found a couple, who matched the pictures of the suspects, in a supermarket. They went up and questioned the couple," A Chinese officer said.

And the couple were the ones they were looking for. The task force quickly searched their shelter, seizing large amounts of cash, bank cards and jewellery. Thai authorities finally repatriated the couple back to China. So far, China has signed extradition treaties with 38 countries and signed procuratorial cooperation deals with 93 countries.

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