China extradites man, now extradited to U.S., held since 2005 for assisting chemical attack

( The prosecution in the case of a Kansas man who was extradited to the United States after being held in China since 2005 for allegedly aiding a chemical attack has begun presenting its case.

The trial of 23-year-old Anuh Ying Lai has been proceeding through Chinese officials for the past two months, and after a two-week delay, has begun in Wichita in the U.S. District Court for Kansas, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Akuma Arb, prosecuting the case, told the jury Tuesday that “everything on the assumption that these two men are guilty,” he was their “favorite option.”

Court documents list the men’s job responsibilities as working at U.S. Chemical China.

Tuan Hoa Dinh Thuy and Michael Ruud were convicted of murdering John Su in a 1995 chemical attack in China in which they reportedly turned chemical gas into sarin. However, both were acquitted of first-degree murder after it was determined the death of Su was a suicide, thus rendering a murder charge without a verdict.

Attorneys for the two in this latest trial had objected to two exhibits during the trial, but a judge overruled the request.

The two also were convicted of attempting to kill U.S. Embassy personnel by remote control but that charge was dropped after the government withdrew the charges of conspiracy to assassinate foreign officials and attempted assassination of foreign officials, the newspaper reported.

Lai was extradited to the U.S. on Jan. 31 to begin serving a 97-year sentence.

The three other defendants, Hoa Thuy, Thuy Lim, and Amric Raymond Wang, fled to Canada after the chemical attack, but then were found and sent back to China. Lai’s lawyers decided to seek his release, arguing that although he was ordered detained in China, he didn’t actually face any charges, Fox News reported.

However, U.S. District Judge Monti Belot denied the request, saying Lai “supported, joined and participated in the carnage of Su.”

Fox News’ Scott Griggs contributed to this report.

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