Critic of Chinese chief sentenced to 18 years in graft case

Beijing, September 22

The former chairman of a Chinese state-owned actual property firm who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Tuesday in a corruption case, the federal government introduced.

Ren Zhiqiang, who had change into recognized for talking up about censorship and different delicate subjects, disappeared from public view in March after publishing an essay on-line that accused Xi of mishandling the outbreak that started in December within the central metropolis of Wuhan.

Ren, 69, was convicted of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of energy, a courtroom in Beijing introduced.

The former chairman and deputy occasion secretary of Huayuan Group was expelled from the ruling occasion in July. AP 

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