'Canada deports alleged smuggler Lai to China'

By REUTERS
July 23, 2011 05:32

 
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OTTAWA - Canada deported China's most wanted man on Friday after dismissing his arguments that he could be tortured or executed if he was returned home.

A Canadian lawyer for alleged smuggler Lai Changxing said he had been put on a plane from Canada on Friday. Canada's border services authority declined to give any details.

China accuses Lai of running a multibillion-dollar smuggling operation in the southeastern city of Xiamen in the 1990s in one of China's biggest political scandals in decades.

Federal Court Judge Michael Shore ruled on Thursday that Lai could be sent back to China, ending the accused smuggler's 11-year fight to stay in Canada. Beijing had promised Ottawa that Lai would not be tortured or face the death penalty.

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