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  1. Cigarette giant feels the heat over China smuggling claims

    Posted Jul 21st 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... business of smuggling behind BAT's recent trade in China. The smuggling has been documented in a study published this month in the San Francisco-based Public Library of Science Medicine ... to smuggle several times that amount into China. These were cigarettes that BAT made and legally exported and passed through agents into the mainland market, according to the report. 'BAT ...

  2. Twelve-year police hunt to catch 'Queen of snakeheads'

    Posted Apr 10th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... and said repeatedly that she loved the US. Her only role, Cheng said, was to lend money to many of her relatives to be smuggled into the US, at an average price of US$16,000, which they paid off ... counts of immigrant smuggling, money-laundering and trafficking in kidnapping proceeds. Ending a 12-year effort to catch Cheng, the prosecution said that for 20 years she charged exorbitant rates ...

  3. Might and money paved police official's road to doom

    Posted Nov 07th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... investigated the shipment and found the cars are smuggled,' replied the police chief. 'So we have impounded them.' 'This is none of your business. Release the cargo. That's ... details of how one of the top men entrusted with enforcing the law went about breaking it. Li's biggest benefactor was smuggling king Lai Changxing, now fighting extradition from Canada ...

  4. Money laundering probes extend to securities, insurance industries

    Posted Sep 06th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... laundered in the mainland each year exceeds 200 billion yuan, or 2 per cent of the national gross domestic product. This is money generated by gambling, drugs, smuggling of goods and people ... underground banks, channels to gamble money overseas, smuggling, illegal foreign exchange transactions and laundering money through investment. The seriousness of money laundering was covered ...

  5. Grasping at laws

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Another legal door has closed, but Canada remains the best hope for Lai Changxing to avoid smuggling charges on the mainland, writes Mark O'Neill In his heyday, he ran a business ... 'smuggling king' of the 1990s, is in detention in Vancouver, fighting a losing battle against repatriation. On August 31, the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his application for refugee ...

  6. Between two worlds

    Posted Apr 10th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... in US custody in the port of Seattle after they let themselves out of a 12-metre cargo container that was used to smuggle them from China. A day earlier, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael ... court sentenced a Chinese-American woman to the maximum 35 years in prison for running one of New York's most lucrative immigrant smuggling rackets for more than 20 years, which left ...

  7. Author notes failure of missionaries

    Posted Jan 09th 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... former pupils who was himself smuggled into Japan after the ban, in the hope of finding what happened to Ferreira. He was aided by the believers, until an informer gave him away ...

  8. Illegals keep Paris textile scene spinning

    Posted Mar 16th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... at 450,000 and unofficial estimates at 600,000. Economics drives the smuggling of workers, who give these plants a cost advantage legal factories cannot match. According to official estimates, 5,000 ...

  9. Down the plughole

    Posted Jan 31st 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Yuesheng.' Huang and Du were the main criminal bosses of Shanghai before 1949, running opium dens, brothels, protection rackets and smuggling gold. Huang was the most senior Chinese officer ...

  10. Mainland smokers set records alight

    Posted Jan 14th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... The industry is so profitable that it attracts thousands to smuggle and produce illegal cigarettes. Mr Xing said that last year the authorities closed 2,805 illegal cigarette factories and arrested ...




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