Rio Tinto Employees jailed

Shanghai Number One Intermediate People’s Court has sentenced Stern Hu to 12 years in prison (of which he is to serve ten), Wang Yong, Liu Caikui and Ge Minqiang will serve between seven and 14 years in prison, reports the Telegraph.

Any appeal would need to be lodged in the next ten days.

A media release by Rio Tinto quotes its iron ore CEO Sam Walsh as saying that evidence in court had shown  beyond doubt that the four convicted employees had accepted bribes. By doing this they engaged in deplorable behaviour that is totally at odds with our strong ethical culture. In accordance with our policies we will terminate their employment.

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