Vancouver Convicted Money Launderer Listed In Offshore Leaks, Originally from China, Ordered Extradited to India for Drug Trafficking by Hong Kong Court of Appeal

By Christine Duhaime | April 6th, 2019

A Canadian, originally from China, named Xie Jing Feng, was ordered deported a few weeks ago to India by the Hong Kong Court of Appeal, to face trial for drug trafficking. Xie Jing Feng came to Canada from China in 1998, where he applied for refugee status, which was granted on the grounds that he alleged that he had a fear of persecution for being part of a Christian group in China and needed protection in Canada. He was subsequently granted Canadian citizenship, with his wife Zhu Li-chang.

He is included in the Offshore Leaks databased as a Canadian and is a convicted money launderer, who moved the proceeds of crime equal to HK$95 million through banks in Vancouver, China, Macau and Singapore. The couple lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, and had a house in Richmond. They appear to have used the Cook Islands as an offshore vehicle.

In 2008, Xie Jing Feng travelled to India where he was arrested for possession of meth. He was held in the Baroda Central Prison for three years on remand, waiting for a trial and during that time, he alleges he was routinely tortured.

In April 2011, he managed to escape prison in India and made his way to Nepal. He was arrested when entering Nepal for illegal entry and detained. Two months later, he was arrested by the Nepal Narcotics Control Bureau for drug trafficking. While being detained, he paid a government official $3,000 for a fake passport under an alias and was allowed to escape to the Airport, where he took a flight to Bangkok. He then traveled to Hong Kong and was arrested for illegal immigration for entering with fake ID. He was charged and convicted in Hong Kong of offences related to fake ID for immigration purposes and served a term of incarceration of 8 months.

Upon his release for fake ID and immigration offences, he was arrested for money laundering. It was found that he had 3 Canadian passports (two that were alleged to be fake), which he used to open bank accounts at HSBC and Standard Chartered in Hong Kong, where he laundered HK$95 million through shell companies and through his wife. The money was moved between Vancouver, China, Macau and Singapore. He was convicted and sentenced for money laundering in Hong Kong for a term of incarceration of 4 years and 4 months on April 23, 2013.

Two years into his sentence, the government of India applied for the extradition of Xie Jing Feng to India and upon his release from prison on March 21, 2015, he was arrested and detained for extradition to India. He then applied to be deported back to Canada and resisted extradition to India on the ground that he would face an unfair judicial process and would be harmed or killed.

He was ordered extradited to India and appealed that order for over 4 years, arguing that the delay to prosecute him in India (11 years) would amount to a denial of justice and he would “rot” in prison in India in remand if extradited to India.

The High Court of Appeal for Hong Kong denied the last appeal for Xie Jing Feng, and he was ordered extradited to India.

He is listed on a list of Canadians with offshore dealings that were identified as part of the investigation called Offshore Leaks by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which includes the CBC. His multiple Canadian passports, his alias, David Chow, and other names with fake IDs that he used to travel, made him an elusive person to follow.

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