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

English.news.cn   2011-07-23 11:19:59 FeedbackPrintRSS

 
Alleged smuggling kingpin Lai Changxing (C) signs a warrant issued for his arrest as he arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport in Beijing, capital of China, July 23, 2011. Lai, who is China's most-wanted smuggler, was repatriated back to China on Saturday after 12 years on the run, according to the Ministry of Public Security. Lai is accused of running a multibillion-dollar smuggling ring based in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujiang Province in the 1990s. (Xinhua/Zhang Jianxin)

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.

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