China Sentences Millionaire to 15 Years in Prison on Fraud Conviction

Posted January 20th, 2012 at 1:00 am (UTC-5)
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A Chinese millionaire repatriated from Canada last year was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison on charges of fraud.

Zeng Hanlin Fled to Canada in 1999 after being charged in connection with a failed business merger.

The 66-year-old fought extradition, saying that if he returned to China, he could possible be tortured or executed. Canada does not have the death penalty and does not return fugitives to countries where they might be executed.

Canadian authorities dismissed Zeng’s concerns and deported him last February. He was convicted in a secret trial in the southwestern city of Chengdu in November.