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Most wanted fugitive's son returns home

A SON of China's most wanted fugitive has returned to China after more than 12 years in Canada with his father, according to a news report yesterday.

Lai Junjian, whose father is Lai Changxing, a Xiamen native accused of masterminding the country's largest smuggling ring, is now back in China, Cai Xiumeng, Lai's former mother-in-law, told Southeast News Web.

The report said Cai had been expecting a family reunion since 1999 when Lai fled to Canada with his wife, Zeng Mingna, and their three teenage children.

Cai hoped Lai Changxing could return soon and be reunited with his family.

Zeng returned to China with her daughter last August. The couple divorced in 2005.

Lai Changxing has said he will consider returning home before his fight to stay in Canada ends if Chinese authorities publicize the court records of those involved in his case, China Newsweek said.

The smuggling ring allegedly handled US$6.8 billion in goods and evaded US$3.8 billion in taxes.

Fourteen people have been sentenced to death and about 200 officials punished in related cases. China is seeking Lai Changxing's return to face charges of smuggling, bribery and tax evasion.


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