A Metro Vancouver judge has convicted six people in the 2006 kidnapping of a convicted drug trafficker and two associates, and for collecting a ransom worth more than $1 million.
Peter Li, his then girlfriend Jennifer Pan, and his friend Xiao Cheng were kidnapped in Burnaby in February 2006. At the time Li was out on bail on various drug trafficking and manufacturing charges.
The trio were held for almost a month at a house in nearby Richmond, where they were beaten and tortured.
They were released when Li and his family paid as much as $1.3 million in ransom money in three payments at dropoffs in Vancouver, Toronto and China.
The money was never recovered, but Justice Barry Davies rejected the defence's argument that Li orchestrated his own kidnapping and then colluded with Pan and Cheng to frame the accused as scapegoats.
Justice Davies found Yat Fung Albert Tse, Viet Bac Nguyen, Nhan Trong Ly, Daniel Luis Soux, and Myles Alexander Vandrick guilty of kidnapping. Huong Dac Doan was found guilty of inducing the victims to pay under threat of violence and unlawful confinement.
The six men will be sentenced at a later date.
Li is currently in prison serving a 13-year-sentence for drug trafficking and manufacturing.