CHINA'S MOST-WANTED FUGITIVE SURRENDERS AND EXTRADITED|中國通緝榜首楊秀珠 逃亡13年被逮遣返

In other news, a Chinese woman who has been on the run for 13 years has been extradited from the United States back to China. As former deputy director of the Construction Bureau in Zhejiang Province, Yang Xiuzhu has been one of the most wanted fugitives by Beijing, as she may very well be the key to incriminating former Chinese President Jiang Zhe-min's cronies of corruption charges.


Escorted by two female police officers, the 70-year-old Yang Xiuzhu was the last passenger exited from the plane. Yang surrendered herself to the Chinese authorities and therefore she was not handcuffed. Born in 1946, Yang once participated in the Cultural Revolution. She worked her way up to the deputy director of the Construction Bureau of Zhejiang Province. She was allegedly accepting briberies since 1980s. After inspector started to investigate her, Yang fled from China in 2003. The amount of money involved was exceeding RMB250,000,000. Yang became one of the top 100 most-wanted fugitive officials listed by the Chinese Government.

Yang was hiding overseas for thirteen years; she tried seeking asylum from France and Netherlands but got declined. Yang again trying to apply for asylum from the U.S. but later decided to turn herself in. She was deported from Texas for China on November 15.

==GENG SHUANG, China MOFA Spokesperson==
Yang Xiuzhu's return is a significant result of China-U.S. cooperation on anti-corruption and law enforcement. China expresses appreciation to the U.S. and relevant countries for their assistance and coordination.

According to the Epoch Times report, Yang's prop in Zhejiang Province was the Party Secretary Zhang De-jiang. Zhang was promoted by the Chinese former President Jiang Ze-min. Chinese authorities believe Yang holds leading information to the corrupted senior officials, therefore her extradition was significant for authorities to crack down corruptions. Yang may have already made a plea bargain for an extenuation of the crimes she committed.

TRANSLATED BY:ANTHONY LIN

中國通緝犯, 前浙江省建設廳副廳長【楊秀珠】在逃亡海外13年後,被從美國遣返回中國。中國政府宣稱這是國際合作打擊貪腐,但有香港體報導指出,這可能是當權派加強掃蕩江澤民派系。

在兩名中國女警的押送下,現年已70歲的楊秀珠,是最後一個走下飛機的乘客。由於她是自行投案,所以沒有被銬上手銬。
1946年出生的楊秀珠,年輕時參加文革的造反派,隨後踏入政壇。在浙江省溫州市從副區長、局長做到副市長,1998年起擔任浙江省建設廳副廳長。從1980年代開始就涉嫌收受賄賂。到2003年潛逃海外為止,涉貪金額超過2億5000萬人民幣。中國政府去年發佈通緝令,100名涉案外逃的官員中,楊秀珠高居榜首。

13年的逃亡生涯中,楊秀珠先後向法國、荷蘭申請庇護,都遭到拒絕。後來又向美國提出申請,但在今年7月自動放棄。並在美國時間11月15號,從德州達拉斯被送上飛機遣返中國。

==中國外交部發言人 耿爽==
楊秀珠歸案,是中美反腐敗執法合作的重要成果,中方對美方及有關國家所給予的協助和配合,表示讚賞和感謝。

大紀元時報指出,楊秀珠在浙江省府任內的靠山,是當年受到江澤民提拔的省委書記張德江,北京當局認為,楊秀珠手上有當年浙江省資深官員的貪腐證據,因此要逮捕她回國。而楊秀珠也將以這些黑材料,做為要求從輕量刑的籌碼。

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