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