Sweden extradites Chinese man to US

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 4 Jun 2020

Sweden has extradited to the United States a Chinese national suspected of laundering millions of dollars in Henan province, his lawyer said.

A former official of the Chinese state grain administration, Qiao Jianjun, is wanted by Beijing under a government campaign against corruption for embezzling 200 million yuan (HK$218 million).

His lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja, said his client, who lived in the United States after leaving China in 2011, was extradited last Friday.

As the director of a grain storehouse in Zhoukou City from 1998 to 2011, Qiao allegedly laundered millions of dollars related to fraudulent transactions through banks in China, Hong Kong, and Singapore, the US Department of Justice said.

It also said a federal grand jury in 2014 first indicted Qiao, while a superseding indictment in December 2018 charges him with conspiracy to commit immigration fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and engaging in financial transactions in criminally derived property.

Last July, Sweden's top court rejected an extradition request from Beijing because of a "real risk" of persecution and the death penalty in China.

His lawyer questioned how Sweden rejected China's extradition request but accepted the United States'.

"In the US he is suspected of money laundering and the basis of that is that he is supposed to have committed crimes in China," Lilja said.

"Now this will be tried in the US ... and they will hopefully demand better evidence than the Chinese authorities just saying these are illicit funds."

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