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Chinese fugitive allegedly involved with illegal gambling operation in Vancouver

AP, VANCOUVER

“I did caution my Chinese counterpart that they shouldn’t count on it being overly expeditious,” he said.

Baird said he had no reason to distrust the assurances of the Chinese government when it says capital punishment will no longer be used for white-collar crimes.

“The one thing I was struck by in my discussion with the ambassador in Ottawa and my colleagues here is when it comes to white-collar fraudsters or when it comes to drug crime, the Chinese people take them very seriously just like the Canadian people,” he said.

Larson said the comments from Baird underscore that Lai’s case is all about politics instead of whether his client will be safe if he’s returned.

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