Alleged smuggling kingpin Lai stands trial
Updated: 2012-04-06 13:03
XIAMEN, Fujian - Lai Changxing, the alleged kingpin of a notorious smuggling ring, went on trial Friday for smuggling and bribery at the Intermediate People's Court of Xiamen.
The charges against Lai were lodged in February by the People's Procuratorate of Xiamen.
Before today's trial, the intermediate court sent the indictment to Lai, also notifying his lawyer to meet with Lai and get access to all files relating to the case.
According to a court statement released Friday, all the litigation rights of Lai and his lawyer have been fully safeguarded.
Representatives for the prosecution and defense participated in the trial. Many citizens, officials and lawmakers, as well as some of Lai's family and friends, also attended the proceedings.