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If Deported, Accused Smuggler May Face Death in China

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If Deported, Accused Smuggler May Face Death in China

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If Deported, Accused Smuggler May Face Death in China

If Deported, Accused Smuggler May Face Death in China

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Lai Changxing is an accused smuggler who faces extradition from Canada back to his native China for trial. Lai, who fled China in 1999, is accused of overseeing a massive o smuggling operation that handled everything from oil to automobiles and cigarettes.

But Canadian courts could refuse to return Lai to China because China hasn't ruled out the death penalty in his case.

Canada, which doesn't have capital punishment, routinely requires countries to rule out the death penalty before returning accused criminals to their native countries. Melissa Block talks with Greg Rasmussen of the CBC.

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