Following seven years of refuge in Canada, Li returned to China at the end of December last year to face allegations of masterminding a $150-million bank fraud. He took this brave decision after receiving assurances from Beijing authorities he will receive a fair treatment and trial if charged, with the opportunity to refute the evidence against him, according to Vancouver Sun. He is in detention and under investigation by police pending his trial and in the painfully slow campaign to grow a fair and transparent judicial system in China, the quiet and courageous stand taken by Li Dongzhe may have more impact than the public drama around blind activist Chen Guangcheng. Before he fled China at the end of 2004, Li - now 45 - was a highly successful businessman in Harbin city in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province dealing in construction, luxury automobile sales and restructuring failed state-owned companies. (www.immigrantscanada.com).
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@t Li Dongzhe, China www.immigrantscanada.com