Interpol Arrest Warrant Issued Against Chinese Billionaire Guo Wengui19 April 2017 / by Anish Jonathan Rao (author)
The Chinese authorities have confirmed that the Interpol has raised a ‘Red Corner Notice’ against Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who is said to have heaps of evidence of corruption against key officials and leaders belonging to the Chinese Communist Party.
The Red Corner Notice, which is the closest thing to an international arrest warrant, is said to have been issued right at the point of time when Guo was going to expose the wrong doings of some of the most influential people in China on live television.
In fact during the scheduled 3 hour Voice of America interview that went off air, Guo did reveal that the Deputy Minister of Public Security Fu Zhenghua, passed on a message to him saying that his detained relatives and employees shall be released if he successfully digs up dirt against senior CCP leader Wang Qishan and Secretary of the Central Politics and Law Commission Meng Jianzhu.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang confirmed that an Interpol Red Corner Notice was issued against Guo but he was reluctant to provide any details of the alleged crimes that Guo has been charged for.
However, as per the information received from sources of the South China Morning Post, the charges against Guo might include him bribing former State Security Vice-minister Ma Jian with 60 million Yuan. Nevertheless, Ma is still being investigated by the Chinese agencies in regards with the alleged corruption cases against him.
Guo had fled China in the year 2013 and is wanted since April 2014 by the Chinese authorities who have charged him in cases relating to corruption at the highest levels.
There have been no explanations provided by ‘Voice of America’ as to why the interview was put off air. However, Guo tweeted (which was later deleted) that VOA succumbed to pressure by the state department to cut short the live broadcast.
It is quite clear now that the Chinese are using Interpol to somehow stop Guo from revealing more and get him back to China to face trial. Although there is no formal extradition treaty between the U.S and China they have signed an agreement on mutual judicial assistance in 2000 to “improve the effectiveness of cooperation between the two countries in respect of mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.” So it’s likely that there might be some kind of collaboration between the two superpowers in bringing Guo back to China to face trials.