Chinese billionaire Sun Dawu was sentenced to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for crimes including "picking quarrels and provoking trouble" and illegally occupying farmland, a court said, the latest stiff punishment of an outspoken corporate boss.
Sun had built a major conglomerate in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, employing 9,000 people in activities ranging from poultry processing and pet food to hospitals, schools and resorts.
Chinese pig farmer and billionaire Sun Dawu at a feed warehouse in Hebei outside Beijing in 2019.
Sun had said dozens of its employees were injured in a fight with police after they tried to stop the state farm staff tearing down one of its buildings last year.
Ren had referred to Xi Jinping as "a clown" after a speech the Chinese president made about government efforts to battle the coronavirus.
Sun Dawu, Sun, Noel Celis, Ren Zhiqiang, Ren, Xi
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