Fugitive Chinese govt officialnabbed, turned over to Beijing

Credit to Author: CATHERINE A. MODESTO| Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 05:25:51 +0000

THE Bureau of Immigration (BI), together with the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), arrested a former Chinese government official wanted in Beijing for allegedly embezzling P11 billion.

Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente identified the fugitive as Xie Haojie, 49, who was apprehended last Sunday in his unit at the Shell Residences condominium building along Sunrise Drive in Pasay City by the BI Fugitive Search Unit for economic crimes and corruption.

Morente, in a press briefing on Wednesday, said Xie would be “immediately deported” to China so he could face his crimes.

Morente said Xie left China last March 2018.

“He will immediately be deported back to China so he could face the cases lodged against him. His name will also be included in our blacklist to prevent him from re-entering the Philippines,” said the BI chief.

Xie, Morente said, has been tagged as an “undocumented alien” since his passport had been revoked by the Chinese government.

PACC Chairman Dante Jimenez said that the arrest was requested by its counterpart in Beijing, China,  the National Supervisory Commission (NSC) and the International Cooperation of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), in December.

PACC has the power to conduct lifestyle checks, investigate and hear administrative graft and corruption complaints, and recommend punishment against lawbreaking officials.

The fugitive has a standing warrant of arrest and his case is ongoing, according to La Yifan, director of the CCDI.

La added, “There are hard evidence that Mr. Xie has breached the public trust and abused public powers for personal gains, embezzled money and took bribes.”

Morente said that “the Philippines and China will continue to strengthen our cooperation in going after Chinese fugitives hiding in our country, including former government officials wanted for corruption,” of which Lie Shulei, NSC vice charman, is a “cancer of the economy that impedes justice.”

Morente added the BI would partner with the PACC and other government institutions in tracking down and locating erring foreigners in the country.

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