Sun has been a vocal critic of the Chinese government for almost two decadesImage: AP Photo/picture alliance
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China jails billionaire for 'provoking trouble'
July 28, 2021
Sun Dawu, a farming magnate and a vocal government critic, was embroiled in a land dispute with a state-run competitor. His legal team argued the trial was unfair owing to the length of the hearing and its secrecy.
A Chinese court on Wednesday jailed a billionaire farming tycoon for 18 years on charges of "provoking trouble" after a two-week trial shrouded in secrecy.
Judges in Gaobeidian near Beijing said Sun Dawu was found guilty behind closed doors of a range of crimes, handing him a fine of 3.11 million yuan ($480,000, €406,000) in addition to the custodial sentence.
They included "gathering a crowd to attack state organs, obstructing government administration, and picking quarrels and provoking trouble."