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China nabs 428 suspects in intl anti-graft net

Updated: Dec 4,2014 8:25 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — Chinese police have seized 428 fugitives suspected of committing economic crimes in an international manhunt that began in July, the Ministry of Public Security said on Dec 4.

The fugitives were seized in 60 countries and regions. Of those seized, 141 were involved in economic crimes involving over 10 million yuan ($1.63 million), and 32 have been at large for more than 10 years, the ministry said.

In the campaign, 231 suspects turned themselves in, it added.

China launched its “Fox Hunt 2014” campaign targeting corrupt officials and suspects in economic crimes who have fled the country, and gave criminals a deadline to give themselves in before Dec 1.

The ministry said that although the deadline has passed, some fugitives have reported themselves and intend to return to China to surrender.

Those who have already reported themselves to relevant overseas bureaus and will return to China before Dec 31 may also receive more lenient sentences, the ministry said.