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China: A Death Sentence to Hide Government Corruption? | Care2 Causes

China: A Death Sentence to Hide Government Corruption? | Care2 Causes

Wu Ying, named China’s sixth richest woman in 2006, lost an appeal against her death sentence at the Zhejiang Higher People’s Court on January 18, 2012. Many citizens have pleaded online for Wu’s life believing the death sentence was meant to silence her from exposing corruption by government officials who may have loaned her embezzled public funds. Suspicions grew stronger when Dong Yang City government submitted a joint letter to the courts recommending she be executed. The 30-year old was first arrested in March 2007, charged with “illegal fundraising” of RMB 770 million (approximately USD 122 million). In December 18, 2009, the charge was changed to “financial fraud”, and she was sentenced to death by the Jinhua Intermediate People’s Court. In Wu’s first trial, there was no lawyer to represent her, and all trials including the appeal took place behind closed doors. Hum...

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