A Chinese court sentenced Agriculture Tycoon Sun Dow 18 years in prison for a range of offences, including “causing trouble”, a generic term commonly used against opponents.
A Gaobidian court near Beijing found the billionaire guilty of “illegal mining,” “illegal occupation of agricultural land,” “gathering crowds to attack state organs” and “obstructing government administration.”
Police detained Sun along with 19 associates and associates in November after his company became embroiled in a land dispute with a state-owned rival.
Sun Dau at a construction site for Dau City in Baoding, North China’s Hebei Province. AP photo.
The charismatic businessman built one of the largest Chinese agricultural companies in the 1980s with his wife from some chickens and pigs.
it has also become a Strong supporter of rural reforms And a whistleblower during the devastating 2019 swine flu outbreak, posting photos of dead pigs in the face of the slow response of local officials.
The court had imposed on him also on this Wednesday.This is a fine of 3.11 million yuan ($475,000)..
The trial began on Thursday, according to his lawyers, who denounced in a statement that its holding in secret “violates general guidelines and does not guarantee the defense rights of the accused.”
The prison sentence had already been imposed in 2003 for “illicit financing”, but it was revoked after an avalanche of support from human rights defenders and the populace.