Chinese court finds man guilty of murdering girlfriend in B.C.: Reports 0
Murdered Chinese student, Amanda Zhao with boyfriend Ang Li appear in this undated, submitted photo.
A court in Beijing has found a man guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Amanda Zhao, in Burnaby, B.C., 10 years ago, according to reports.
Ang Li, who has reportedly changed his name to Li Jiaming, was sentenced to life in prison, according to his victim's family, the Globe and Mail reported.
Li's family is planning to appeal the ruling, the Globe reported.
Zhao, 21, was killed while studying at Coquitlam College in 2002. Her body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Stave Lake, B.C.
Li, who was 18 at the time, was the leading suspect in the murder, but fled to China before charges could be laid. His cousin, Han Zhang, was also considered a suspect. Li and Zhang shared an apartment with Zhao in Burnaby.
Zhang was charged in 2002 in B.C. of being an accessory after the fact, but he was released after the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that the RCMP gathered evidence against him improperly. He is also back in China and reportedly living with Li's family.
The case had been mired in bureaucratic red tape. The Canadian government couldn't get Li back to the country because there's no extradition agreement between Canada and China. Ottawa was also reluctant to share case notes with the Chinese because of China's death penalty. Once the Chinese agreed to waive capital punishment in Li's case, the files were shared.
There have been reports that Li comes from a well-connected family. Canadian politicians have felt that the case was delayed because Li was represented by a top lawyer and Chinese authorities wanted to ensure they had a strong case.