Canada to Deport Fugitive Lai Changxing to China


A Canadian court is sending one of China’s most wanted fugitives back home – a move that could happen as early as Saturday.

Beijing has sought the deportation of Lai Changxing for years, accusing him of running a multi-billion-dollar smuggling operation in China’s southeastern city of Xiamen in the 1990s.

Chinese authorities say Lai bribed Chinese officials to avoid paying taxes and duties on imported goods ranging from fuel to cigarettes.

Lai fled to Canada with his family in 1999 and claimed refugee status, saying the allegations against him were politically motivated.

No word if Lai will appeal the court’s decision.

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