|Australian Consul-General in Shanghai Tom Connor (R) speaks to the media outside the Shanghai First Intermediate People's Court in Shanghai, east China, March 29, 2010. Four Rio Tinto employees, including Australian citizen Stern Hu, were sentenced in Shanghai on Monday after a Chinese court last week found them guilty of accepting bribes and stealing commercial secrets. Hu was sentenced to 10 years in jail while his three co-accused, Chinese nationals Liu Caikui, Wang Yong and Ge Minqiang were sentenced to jail terms ranging from seven to 14 years. (Xinhua/Chen Fei)
SHANGHAI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Four defendants in the Rio Tinto case, including Australian national Stern Hu, got jail terms from seven to 14 years for bribery and stealing commercial secrets, court sources said Monday.
The verdict was handed down Monday afternoon by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court.
According to the court, Stern Hu, born in 1956, was sentenced to 10 years in jail for bribery and stealing commercial secrets, with his assets confiscated and a fine of 1 million yuan (146,413 U.S. dollars) imposed.
Wang Yong, born in 1969, got a jail term of 14 years, with his assets confiscated and a fine of 5.2 million yuan imposed.
Ge Minqiang, born in 1975, was sentenced to eight years in jail, with his assets confiscated and a fine of 800,000 yuan imposed.
Liu Caikui, born in 1978, received a jail term of seven years, with his assets confiscated and a fine of 700,000 yuan imposed.