Fugitive Chinese official detained at US request in Sweden

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A fugitive Chinese official, recently released by a Swedish Supreme Court, has been detained again, this time at the request of the United States.

A Swedish official has said they were waiting for a formal request for his extradition by the United States to face charges of money laundering and immigration fraud that he was indicted for in 2015.

Last year, China asked Sweden to extradite Qiao Jianjun  answer to allegations that he had embezzled millions of dollars.

He was released from Swedish custody on Wednesday with his lawyers saying the Swedish court was likely to turn down a request to have him extradited to China.

A prosecutor confirmed on Monday that they had received a request by the United States for his arrest and will receive from them a request for his extradition.

Qiao’s lawyer, Henrik Olsson Lilja, said he would deny all of the US charges and contest the extradition request.

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