China to introduce default judgment against corrupt fugitives

(Xinhua) Updated : 2018-04-25

BEIJING -- China plans to introduce default judgment in corruption-related criminal cases as the authorities step up the fight against crooked officials who have fled overseas.

Lawmakers were briefed on the move on April 25 as a draft revision to the Criminal Procedure Law was submitted to the top legislature for review.

The default judgment will be used against suspects and defendants in corruption or bribery cases who have fled abroad, according to the draft.