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  1. From smuggling kingpin to a life behind bars

    Posted May 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Lai Changxing, once the mainland's most-wanted fugitive, has been jailed for life by a court in Fujian for running a huge smuggling operation ... that avoided duties worth 27.4 billion yuan (HK$33.7 billion) on a variety of smuggled products ranging from cigarettes to petroleum products, cars and raw materials from 1995 to 1999. The court handed ...

  2. Smuggling 'kingpin' to expose officials

    Posted Jul 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... a network based in Xiamen that smuggled up to US$10 billion worth of goods with the protection of corrupt government officials. Lai has fought against his extradition since arriving in Canada ...

  3. Death sentences commuted in Yuanhua case

    Posted Aug 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Vivien Cui Three main players convicted in the mainland's biggest smuggling and corruption scandal have had their suspended death sentences commuted to life imprisonment ahead ... sentence handed down on appeal to former Fuzhou deputy police chief Zhuang Rushun for his role in the Xiamen-based Yuanhua Group network that smuggled goods worth as much as 25 billion yuan. ...

  4. Doubts remain in trial of smuggler

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Unlike the 11 businessmen and officials enmeshed in the web of smuggling and bribery he masterminded, Lai Changxing has escaped the death penalty. The life sentence for the man, who ... of government that spared him execution and eventually led to his extradition from Canada, must seem an eternal injustice to the families of those who were sentenced to death, although smuggling ...

  5. Legal experts hold out hope for rule of law

    Posted Jul 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... that speculation on whether Lai would face the death penalty was irrelevant, since, subject to the latest amendments to the Criminal Law in May, smuggling was no longer punishable by death. Criminal procedure law professor Chen Guangzhong of the Chinese University of Political Science and Law said Lai was likely to face at least two charges- smuggling and offering bribes. The first charge would ...

  6. Law needed to force declaration of assets

    Posted May 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... for life for running one of the country's biggest ever smuggling operations- a case which also highlighted the depth and breadth of official graft. One day earlier, US Ambassador Gary Locke ... on the mainland. According to a Xinhua report on the trial, Lai's smuggling operations evaded customs duties worth 14 billion yuan (HK$17.19 billion) and he was also accused of bribing 64 government ...

  7. Fugitive's $12m Mercedes going under the hammer

    Posted Nov 11th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... was held to show Beijing was determined to crack down on smuggling. 'There is no final victory in combating smuggling... We will continue to crack down on illegal activities,' Mr Mou said. The value of smuggled goods on the mainland fell from US$15 billion in 1998 to US$9.9 billion last year, Li Xiaowu, deputy chief of the anti-smuggling team in the Customs General ...

  8. From Red Mansion to a prison cell

    Posted May 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Staff Reporters Who would have imagined that a semi-literate farmer from rural Fujian who did not even finish primary school would become the head of a smuggling empire that ended ... for running a multibillion-dollar smuggling ring. Extradited from Canada last year after 12 years in exile, he was accused of masterminding a US$10 billion network that smuggled an array of goods, ...

  9. 'Lai was famous once, but Xiamen has moved on'

    Posted May 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... was accused of evading. 'Lai smuggled 27.395 billion yuan, and evaded tax of 13.99 billion yuan. The tariff rate is 51 per cent,' one Twitter user wrote. Another, referring to the high ... why Lai was not sentenced to death, lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan said Lai's life sentence was not surprising because smuggling was no longer a crime punishable by death after amendments ...

  10. Running out of options

    Posted Jul 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... built up the biggest smuggling empire in the history of the People's Republic. Lai, 53, who was born to a poor family in Jinjiang, Fujian province, entered Hong Kong illegally in the 1970s, ... city's economy. Lai's downfall began when he fell foul of then premier Zhu Rongji, who had had enough of an upstart whose empire was said have smuggled US$10 billion worth of contraband ...




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