Release date 2016/12/12 10:01:46 Update date 2016/12/12 10:01:46

There is an increasing trend of economic crime perpetrators absconding overseas in order to enjoy their illegal gains. If they are not caught and brought to justice they would cause serious damage to justice and reputation of public authorities. In May 1984 at the 26th Meeting of the "Board on Prevention of Economic Crimes", a resolution was passed to form a "Coordination Team for Arrest of Economic Crime Fugitives". The Team's composition underwent several changes over time. At present its members include: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Bureau of Consular Affairs), Ministry of Justice (Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs), Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan, Ministry of the Interior (National Immigration Agency), National Policy Agency (Criminal Investigation Bureau) and the Investigation Bureau, with the Bureau undertaking its secretariat work. The Team combines the powers of the respective authorities and actively conducts the pursuit of economic crime fugitives or plan for their return. The Team has also expanded the scope of responsibility to include fugitives involved in major corruption, drugs, firearms, organized crime and other major criminal cases. Since January 16, 2015 the Bureau began to handle cases involving fugitives in Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao, with their cases being transferred to the Bureau's International Affairs Department for follow up.