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Top suspect in China's biggest smuggling case repatriated from Canada

07-23-2011 12:06 BJT

VANCOUVER, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing, the prime suspect in China's largest smuggling case in recent history, left here Friday for his home country under Canadian police escort.

A source who declined to be named told Xinhua that police had escorted Lai onto a civilian flight before the plane departed from Vancouver International Airport for China in the afternoon.

The repatriation, executed a day after a Canadian federal court upheld Lai's deportation order, ended Lai's fugitive life in Canada 12 years after he fled to the North American country.

Lai, 53, was the alleged mastermind of a notorious smuggling gang believed to have smuggled billions of dollars' worth of various products in the 1990s. The case is listed as the largest of its kind in China since 1949.

Since Lai's runaway, Chinese authorities had repeatedly demanded his extradition.


Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing leaves Vancouver for China under police escort

VANCOUVER, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Lai Changxing, a Chinese fugitive who has been in Canada for 12 years, left here on Friday for China under police escort. <Full story>


Canadian court rules to repatriate Chinese fugitive

VANCUVER, July 21 (xinhua)-- A federal court in Ottawa ruled late Thursday to uphold Chinese fugitive Lai Changxing's deportation order, paving the way for his return to China after he stayed here for 12 years. <Full story>


China welcomes Canadian court's rule on deportation of Chinese fugitive

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday welcomed the Canadian Federal Court's decision to uphold the deportation of Lai Changxing, one of China's most wanted fugitives. <Full story>

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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