Southern China police have arrested a 1993 murder suspect who became a millionaire after running away from the authorities for 29 years, Chinese media reported Friday.
The suspect, with surname Xiong, was wanted for the fatal stabbing of another man during a fight in 1993, according to Beijing Youth Daily, as reported by ABS-CBN News.
The police from Xiangyang city, located in central China’s Hubei province, traveled more than 1,200 kilometers to the city of Huizhou in Guangdong province to arrest the suspect. The authorities pretended to be anti-pandemic workers to catch Xiong and lead him out of his home, where his elderly mother also resided.
“Now you know why we have come to find you,” a police officer told Xiong outside the flat. “It’s time to pay back your dues.”
After almost three decades of hiding due to his alleged crime, Xiong transitioned from an ordinary worker to a millionaire living in a lavish flat. Meanwhile, the report did not reveal the reason behind his wealth.
In another arrest, with the coordination of the Fugitive Repatriation and Asset Recovery Office of the Central Anti-Corruption Coordination Group and international cooperation, a Chinese fugitive who was at large for 27 years was arrested overseas and sent back to China last week.
According to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Communist Party of China and the National Supervisory Commission, the 52-year-old female fugitive Qu Jianling was accused of embezzling large amounts of public funds by taking advantage of her financial manager position at a sub-branch bank of the Bank of China in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province.
According to China Daily, she ran away from China and fled abroad in November 1995. She also changed her identity and transferred to different countries to hide.
After discovering clues about her whereabouts, the Chinese law enforcement departments issued a red notice for her through the International Criminal Police Organization, commonly known as Interpol.
The arrest of Qu showed the Party’s action and attitude toward corruption, and its efforts to pursue fugitives.
Global Times previously reported about China’s “Sky Net 2021” campaign, which was launched to give more focus on tracking down “corrupt fugitives from state-owned enterprises and in the financial, political, legal and livelihood sectors, and recover their illegal gains.”