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China indicts suspect in massive smuggling scandal

China indicts suspect in massive smuggling scandal

China has indicted a man accused of running a multibillion-dollar smuggling ring in the 1990s that doled out huge bribes to high-level officials.
China's state broadcaster reported Friday that prosecutors in an eastern city have indicted Lai Changxing on smuggling and bribery charges related to the ring he allegedly ran that smuggled everything from cigarettes to cars and oil between 1996 and 1999.
Lai became China's most-wanted man after he fled to Canada in 1999 and became the center of a 12-year extradition battle until he was deported in July.
Before fleeing to Canada he lived a life of luxury in China complete with a bulletproof Mercedes Benz. He is alleged to have run a mansion in which he plied officials with liquor and prostitutes.


Updated : 2021-02-27 18:13 GMT+08:00