Faculty Notes Julian Ku, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of International Programs

Published on April 28, 2014 | by LawNews

Prof. Julian Ku Comments on Possible Extradition of Chinese Artist Wanted by US for Fraud

Artist at centre of multimillion dollar forgery scandal turns up in China
Pei-Shen Qian, acccused, along with two Spanish brokers, of conning New York art collectors, will likely escape extradition
By Jon Swaine
The Guardian
April 22, 2014


A 75-year-old painter accused of forging works by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning for a $33m fraud scheme in New York appears well placed to avoid prosecution and up to 45 years in prison, as he has moved to China. …

The Obama administration has little chance of extracting Qian, who has both Chinese and American citizenship, even if it were willing to devote diplomatic efforts to doing so, according to Professor Julian Ku, an expert on China and international law at Hofstra University.

“There is almost no chance that China would turn their own citizen over,” said Ku. “They generally don’t have a policy of co-operating, and don’t have any reason to turn anyone over, because the US won’t turn anyone over to China.” …

“The downside for [Qian] will be that he can’t travel to the States any more, or to other countries with which the US does have an extradition treaty — most of Europe, many countries in South America and Hong Kong,” said Ku. “But China is a good place to run if you are fearing prosecution in the US.”

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