#AceWorldNews – BEIJING – May 16 – Chinese-American businessman, Vincent Wu, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison by a Chinese court, AP reports.
He was found guilty of operating illegal casinos that raked in 48 million yuan ($7.8 million), getting an associate to throw acid at a judge and ordered thugs to use knives and bulldozers to threaten farmers.
The court also denied that Wu and other defendants in the case were tortured during the investigations. The businessman’s family said that they are “devastated” by the ruling.
Lawyers are preparing an appeal.
February 10 2014
The (Guardian) reported Authorities in southern China have accused Vincent Wu of gang crimes but Wu’s family and lawyers say he is a law-abiding businessman whose rivals have framed him in order to seize his assets.
“We are still very confident because our lawyers have all the evidence to prove that he is innocent,” said his daughter Anna Wu by phone from Guangzhou. “We believe we still have a chance and so we’ll hope for the best.”
Wu’s lawyers urged a court in the southern city of Guangzhou to recognise the defendant’s American citizenship as he and more than two dozen associates stood trial.
Wu has been denied US consular access since his detention in June 2012 despite being a US passport holder who shuttles between his family in Los Angeles and his business in China.
China refuses to acknowledge Wu’s American citizenship because his last entry into mainland China was made on his Hong Kong residence pass.
The case underscores the risks faced by individuals working in China who have travel documents from more than one country because Beijing does not recognise dual nationalities.