Lai Changxing
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Chinese smuggler Lai Changxing jailed for life

Lai Changxing has been jailed for life for running a multi-billion dollar smuggling ring, Chinese media say.

Xinhua news agency said Lai, extradited from Canada, was convicted and sentenced by a Fujian court.

The 53-year-old was accused of bribing officials and smuggling goods including cars, cigarettes and oil in one of China's biggest political scandals.

Martin Patience reports.

  • 18 May 2012