A man who the Chinese government claims was the first Australian visa holder to be repatriated back to China over “economic crimes” was deported because he was unable to renew his visa after being sent to prison.
The man was sentenced to a term of imprisonment in Australia of at least 12 months, requiring him to be removed from the country.
According to federal government sources, he exhausted all of his visa options and his removal from the country was not an extradition.
Chinese state media agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday that China’s Ministry of Public Security had successfully secured the repatriation of the man, known only by his surname Mr Liu, “after years of close communication between police forces of the two countries” and collaboration with the Chinese embassy in Canberra.
Mr Liu had allegedly failed to honour a 3.6 million yuan ($750,000) contract in China and fled to Australia in 2001, after cashing it in at a bank in Sydney.