BEIJING (AP) — A special six-month anti-corruption operation has brought back from abroad 680 Chinese fugitives accused of graft, fraud or other economic crimes, the Ministry of Public Security said Thursday.
It said 290 people were captured and 390 others turned themselves in during the campaign, dubbed Fox Hunt.
Chinese authorities launched the operation in July as part of a widening anti-graft campaign. At home, the ruling Communist Party has been tightening controls over graft and taking corrupt officials to court, but members of the public are upset that a large number of government officials and business executives have absconded overseas with ill-gained wealth.
The government has stepped up efforts to bring back suspects who have fled abroad, warning them that they cannot escape Chinese law.
Beijing also is actively seeking international cooperation in extraditing those suspected of economic crimes.
The ministry said 208 of the fugitives who returned are accused of economic crimes involving more than 10 million yuan ($1.6 million) and 117 had lived overseas for more than a decade. It said the fugitives returned from 69 foreign countries and regions.