BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese law experts
on Wednesday said judicial reform, including death penalty exemption, may help
bring back more fugitive corrupt officials.
A report issued by the Ministry of Commerce showed that in recent years, nearly 4,000 corrupt
officials fled overseas with approximately 50 billion US dollars of illicit
Chu Huaizhi, law professor with Peking University
said in an interview with Xinhua prior to the 22nd Congress on the Law of
theWorld that China has signed extradition treaties with more than 20countries
and judicial assistance treaties with dozens of countries. However, China has
not signed such treaties with countries where corrupt officials often go to,
such as the United States, Japan and Canada.
Some countries hesitated to sign extradition treaties
with China, partially because Chinese courts can give death penalties to
nonviolent crimes offenders, such as corrupt officials, he said.
If corrupt officials were free from the death
penalty, Western countries might cooperate with China to extradite fugitive
corruptofficials, or they would not flee in the first place, he said.
However, Chinese citizens have traditionally been
unkind towardcorruption. They often voice their hatred of notorious corrupt
officials online, asking governments and courts to stringently punish them. In
addition, they say the ruling party and the central government need resolute
methods to keep the government clean. Enditem