A Canadian man, originally from China, who is a convicted money launderer, lost a second appeal in the Hong Kong Court of Appeal two weeks ago, to prevent his deportation to India to face trial for drug trafficking.
Xie Jing Feng, whom we wrote about here, appealed decisions for his removal on the ground of non-refoulement and risk of death if deported to India, and this appeal was an appeal of those denials. He is seeking to return to Canada.
Xie was born in China and moved to Canada in 1998. He claimed refugee status, which was accepted and he became a Canadian citizen. It appears that he may have been a drug trafficker in Canada but that is unclear – whatever his business, Court decisions state that he later laundered HK$95 million in proceeds of crime through Vancouver banks and other banks in China, Macau and Singapore and used a shell company offshore. He also goes by the name David Chow. His spouse may live in Vancouver.
On a trip to India several years ago, he was arrested for drug trafficking. He was in remand for 3 years awaiting trial, during which time he escaped, made his way to Nepal then Hong Kong, where he was stopped and arrested for attempting to use a forged Malaysian passport to enter Hong Kong.
He was released pending trial for those immigration offences and was then arrested for money laundering (處理已知道或合理相信為代表從可公訴罪行的得益的財產). He had 3 Canadian passports (two that were alleged to be fake), that he used to open bank accounts at HSBC and Standard Chartered in Hong Kong, where he had laundered millions of dollars, at times using his wife’s name. He was convicted of money laundering and sentenced for a term of incarceration of 4 years and 4 months on April 23, 2013.
In this latest appeal, the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong denied his application, calling his appeals “hopeless.”