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Lai Changxing

Double standard on Hong Kong human rights

Last month marked an important moment in Hong Kong's human rights history: a transsexual woman won her appeal at the Court of Final Appeal. I welcome such a brave decision and look forward to more liberal decisions in future.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 2:25am

Top fugitive surrenders to police after 8 years

One of the country's top fugitives, who was behind a 1 billion yuan bank fraud, has surrendered to mainland police after nearly eight years of self-imposed exile in Canada, the Ministry of Public Security announced yesterday.

14 Aug 2012 - 7:50pm

Disclosure can help curb graft

There is one point about corruption on which we have no argument with an editorial this week in the Chinese version of the Global Times, a newspaper under the People's Daily: Corruption is everywhere and impossible to eradicate. That is, after all, why many places, including Hong Kong, have independent anti-corruption agencies and measures to curb graft.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Doubts remain in trial of smuggler

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 for more than a decade was China's most wanted fugitive, ended a 13-year saga of crime, corruption, flight from justice and a legal and diplomatic tug of war.

23 May 2012 - 12:00am

Law needed to force declaration of assets

Last week, two unrelated but interesting developments again put the spotlight on the mainland leadership's uphill battle against rampant corruption - in particular a lack of political will and courage to push for sunshine laws to boost transparency and accountability in government.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

From Red Mansion to a prison cell

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 the careers of dozens of officials, China's most infamous fugitive and one of its biggest diplomatic nuisances?

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

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

Some Xiamen residents appeared ambivalent about Lai Changxing after the sentencing, with two saying the case was history.

'He was quite famous in Xiamen back then, and has contributed a lot to Xiamen's economy,' a 40-year-old woman said.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

From smuggling kingpin to a life behind bars

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 and leading a bribery ring.

19 May 2012 - 12:00am

Transparency vital for judicial system

Two very different cases of fugitives being brought to justice illustrate growing police and judicial co-operation between China and other countries. China had to fight for 11 years for the extradition of criminal mastermind Lai Changxing before a Canadian court finally accepted assurances that he would not be executed.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

In safe hands?

Someone will make a movie about Lai Changxing. Books about him in Chinese and English were published long before the Canadian government deported him to mainland China last month after an 11-year legal battle.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

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