China welcomes Canada court decision to extradite fugitive

By REUTERS
July 22, 2011 07:21

 
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BEIJING - China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it welcomed the decision by a Canadian court to extradite the nation's most-wanted fugitive, Lai Changxing.

"Lai Changxing has been wanted by the Chinese judiciary as a prime suspect in a Xiamen smuggling case and fled after the incident to Canada for many years," said Foreign Ministry Ma Zhaoxu in a statement. "The Chinese government's stance on Lai Changxing returning to China to stand trial is clear. We welcome the Canadian court's decision."

A Canadian court late on Thursday cleared the way for Lai's extradition, dismissing concerns that he could be tortured or executed back home.

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