BEIJING (AP) – The Canadian government says it is pleased that a high-profile Chinese smuggler who had been extradited from Canada has received a life sentence, and not the death penalty.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade spokeswoman Patricia Low-Bedard says China lived up to its assurance that Lai Changxing would not receive the death penalty upon conviction.
Lai, once considered China’s most-wanted fugitive, was sentenced to life in prison Friday for smuggling and bribery in a lurid corruption case that involved a decade-long extradition fight.
After Lai fled to Canada, Beijing assured Canadian authorities that he would not be executed if returned to China _ a key Canadian demand.
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