Sun Tao, 67, one of China’s most important businessmen, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. He was also fined Rs 4 million.
The millionaire runs one of the country’s largest agricultural enterprises and is known as an outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party.
The 67-year-old was arrested in November last year in a dispute between his company, the Dau Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Group, and a state-owned neighboring farm. New York Times.
– Caused the problem
Chinese court believes Sun convened a meeting to attack government agencies and prevent officials from doing their job.
He has been accused of “causing trouble” and “the egg of the fight”, which is a frequently used accusation against political activists, he writes. BBC.
According to Chinese expert Torbjørn Færøvik, there have been a number of such arrests since the party came to power in 1949.
The new thing is that the party leadership is more concerned with beating the nails of the people with considerable power politically and economically. Ferrovic tells Parsons that the sun was a powerful force in terms of its billions, and was therefore considered a potential threat to the Communist Party.
The 67-year-old millionaire has accused authorities of covering up the swine flu outbreak, which has killed thousands of his pigs and wreaked havoc on the industry in the country.
– Do not see the sun for three months
The millionaire denies all allegations and says he is a “best member of the Communist Party”, the BBC.
– If it had been during the war, I would have been killed a long time ago, he says in a statement.
Sun, who was arrested along with several family members, claims to have been subjected to brutal police violence for months and was forced to make false confessions.
“The horrific treatment I received cannot be described in words, life is worse than death,” says Sun, who has not seen the sun for more than three months in prison, according to the New York Times.
Defenders of the millionaire believe that the secret investigation did not protect the rights of the sun.
– Chinese courts are not independent, they are under the command of the Communist Party, especially in such important cases, Ferrovic says.
He believes the verdict is largely governed by political processes:
– By inflicting such harsh punishments on the perpetrators, the party wants to send a signal to the rest of the community. Don’t pay to speak out against the party.
18 years in prison
The harsh ruling comes at a time when President Xi Jinping is doing his part to gain control of business leaders and the private sector.
“Jack Ma, the founder of the Alibaba Empire and one of the many wealthy billionaires, has been able to taste the same whip in recent times,” Ferwick says.
Alibaba was a little earlier this year The registration was fined NOK 24 billion for monopoly operations.
Last year, the New York Times reported that retired real estate tycoon Ren Shixiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison after calling President Xi a clown in an article.
Many of the solutions that party leader Xi Jinping is constantly bringing up with “internal enemies” testify to the fact that the party leadership feels insecure on the way forward. Although China attracts high growth figures, G and Co. He continues to try to maintain political control, Ferwick says.