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Fugitive Lai Changxing repatriated to China after 12 years in Canada

07-23-2011 18:16 BJT

BEIJING, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Alleged smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing was repatriated back to China on Saturday afternoon 12 years after fleeing to Canada, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Chinese police announced his arrest and read him his rights, including hiring lawyers to defend himself, at the Beijing Capital International Airport after he was transferred by the Canadian side, the ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

Lai, 53, is the chief suspect of a multibillion-dollar smuggling case in the southeastern city of Xiamen in the 1990s.

"Lai's repatriation once again shows that no matter where a criminal suspect flees, he or she cannot evade legal sanctions in the end," the statement said.

His repatriation is also significant for the promotion of Sino-Canadian law enforcement cooperation, it said.

The Chinese government has attached great importance to Lai's extradition in recent years, and relevant departments have made unremitting efforts to "crack down severely on economic crimes and to honor the dignity of national judicial sovereignty and law," the statement reads.

Thirty-one criminal suspects believed to be connected with Lai's smuggling operation have been sent back to China from overseas since April 2001, figures from the country's General Administration of Customs show.


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

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. <Full story>


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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