The US Government is seeking to extradite a Hong Kong man to face people-smuggling charges involving 18 mainlanders in Seattle. Jobless Leung Lok-sing, 38, wanted by US authorities since April 6 last year but only arrested in Kowloon on Saturday, appeared in Eastern Court yesterday. US prosecutors want to put Leung on trial on one charge of conspiracy to transport illegal aliens to the US resulting in death, one of conspiracy to bring illegal aliens to the US at a non-designated port of entry and another of conspiracy to bring illegal aliens to the US for financial gain, prosecutor Peter Yau said. Magistrate Ian Candy adjourned the case to Thursday for Leung to seek legal advice on surrendering to the US. On January 10 last year, immigration officers in Seattle found 18 Fujianese stowaways - three of them dead - crammed in a 12-metre cargo container stacked under 35 others on the Japanese ship Cape May. They had been in the container for 15 days. Leung is accused of assisting in taking the male stowaways on a small boat to the container on board the Cape May before it left Hong Kong for Seattle. Each stowaway was required to pay US$38,000 (HK$296,000) to the smugglers upon arrival. Outside court, Interpol officer Todd Bancroft said a fourth stowaway had died in hospital.