China life sentence after Canada extradition

BBC News

Xinhua news agency said Lai, extradited from Canada, was convicted and sentenced by a Fujian court.

The 53-year-old was accused of bribing officials and smuggling goods including cars, cigarettes and oil in one of China’s biggest political scandals.

He fled to Canada in 1999 and avoided extradition for 12 years by arguing he faced torture and execution in China.

Beijing promised Canada he would not be executed and he was deported in 2011.

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