China Arrests Migrant Smuggler
Jul. 19, 2001
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BEIJING (AP) _ A Chinese migrant smuggler deported by the United States after serving a 30-month prison term faces new charges at home, the official Xinhua News Agency said Thursday.
Lin Xuecheng is accused of ``shipping people across the border illegally'' by authorities in the eastern city of Lianyungang, Xinhua said.
He was arrested on the Pacific island of Guam after trying in 1998 to smuggle more than 60 migrants from the Chinese coastal province of Fujian to the U.S. territory aboard a fishing boat. Lin was sent home in June, Xinhua said.
There was no indication what penalty Lin might face, or whether his American prison time would be counted against his sentence.
China increased penalties for migrant smuggling in 1999 under foreign pressure. Smugglers can get life in prison for the most serious cases, though the longest term reported so far under the new penalties is 11 years.