Chinese Tycoon Faces 5-10 Years in Prison for Insulting Xi Jinping

Chinese Tycoon Faces 5-10 Years in Prison for Insulting Xi Jinping


Chinese property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang reportedly pleaded not guilty at his trial for bribery and abuse of power on Friday — If convicted on all charges, he would most likely face 5-10 years in prison, although he could receive a death sentence.

The corruption charges against Ren came after he wrote an open letter considered insulting to China’s authoritarian president-for-life, Xi Jinping.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), proceedings at the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court were as murky as ever, but the few observers permitted through tight security agreed that Ren seems to be headed for prison:

“He didn’t request a defense attorney, but defended himself,” a family member of another dissident told RFA on Friday, adding that there weren’t many places available to family members to sit in the gallery during the trial.

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“Ninety-nine percent of the small number of places for family members were taken up

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