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China's most wanted fugitive sentenced to 8 years
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Once China's most wanted fugitive, Yang Xiuzhu, who fled accusations of bribery in 2003, has been sentenced to eight years and fined 800 thousand yuan (over 121 thousand US dollars).

Yang Xiuzhu (C), No.1 of the Chinese government list of corrupt officials who have fled abroad, is taken by the police off the flight when she returned to China on Nov 16, 2016. [File photo: Xinhua]

Yang Xiuzhu (C), No.1 of the Chinese government list of corrupt officials who have fled abroad, is taken by the police off the flight when she returned to China on Nov 16, 2016. [File photo: Xinhua]

Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court in China's Zhejiang Province heard that between 1996 and 1999 Yang took advantage of her posts in Wenzhou city to embezzle more than 19 million yuan (2.82 million US dollars) for personal use.

The court convicted Yang of corruption and taking bribes. In sentencing, the court took into consideration that Yang had voluntarily turned herself in to the Chinese authorities and confessed to her crimes, the court decided to impose a lighter punishment.

All of Yang's embezzled money, totaling nearly 26.3 million yuan (4 million US dollars) was recovered by the court.

Yang Xiuzhu was once number one on China's top 100 fugitives, revealed in an Interpol "red notice."

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