One of China’s most-wanted fugitives suspected of bribery was brought home on Saturday from the U.S. where she had fled in 2002.
According to NetEase, former party chief of the Henan Provincial Highway Administration, Huang Yurong, surrendered herself to the police and returned voluntarily after being persuaded by Chinese authorities.
Law enforcement officials from China and the U.S. collaborated on the investigation into Huang which began towards the end of 2014.
Huang is one of China’s 100 most wanted suspects residing overseas who are accused of having committed economic crimes. An initiative called Operation “Sky Net” was launched earlier this year which aims to locate and repatriate these individuals so they can face trial.
In a line which reads like a propaganda directive, the report states that Huang believes her decision to return to Chinese is the right one and promises to cooperate with the judicial departments responsible for her case.
The anti-graft authority urged fugitives abroad to give themselves up to the police as soon as possible, vowing a strong resolve to fight against corruption in the next year.
Just prior to Xi Jinping’s state visit to the US, Chinese authorities announced that they had caught another person on the list, Yang Jinjun, who is accused of bribery and embezzlement. He fled to the US in 2001.