Detained casino kingpin She Zhijiang to fight extradition to China

A long-time fugitive of the Chinese government who was arrested in Thailand last year for allegedly running illegal cross-border gambling operations in Southeast Asia’s “golden triangle” is fighting his extradition to China on citizenship grounds.

In information sent to IAG by representatives, She Zhijiang says he should not be extradited back to China because he is no longer a Chinese citizen and no longer holds a Chinese passport, having obtained Cambodian citizenship some years ago. He also questions the extradition process on the basis that Chinese domestic law does not permit suing a foreign national for alleged crimes committed outside of China.

As previously reported by IAG, She is chairman of Yatai International Holding Group, which is involved in casino development along the Burmese border and has been developing a US$15 billion tourism complex in Myanmar’s Shwe Kokko Special Economic Zone, said to be home to both land-based and online casino operations. Media reports state that She has built a number of online gambling platforms since 2018, primarily targeting Chinese gamblers.

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