Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping's handling of coronavirus jailed for 18 years!!

[SIZE=7]Chinese tycoon who criticized Xi Jinping’s handling of coronavirus jailed for 18 years[/SIZE]
By Steven Jiang, CNN Business
Updated 9:43 AM EDT, Tue September 22, 2020

Beijing(CNN Business)A Chinese billionaire who criticized President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been jailed for 18 years on corruption charges, a court said Tuesday.
Ren Zhiqiang, a retired real-estate tycoon with close ties to senior Chinese officials, disappeared in March after he allegedly penned a scathing essay that month criticizing Xi’s response to the coronavirus epidemic. He was later charged with corruption-related offenses. Zhiqiang, a former real estate tycoon and outspoken government critic.

On Tuesday, a court in Beijing found Ren guilty on multiple charges, including embezzling some $16.3 million (110.6 million yuan) in public funds, accepting bribes, and abuse of power that caused losses totaling $17.2 million (116.7 million yuan) for the state-owned property company that he once headed.
Judges sentenced him to 18 years in prison and imposed a fine of $620,000 (4.2 million yuan). The court said he “voluntarily confessed all of his crimes” and “was willing to accept the court’s verdict after all of his illegal gains were recovered.”
China’s court system has a conviction rate of around 99%, according to legal observers, and corruption charges are often used to go after Communist Party insiders who fall afoul of the leadership.
Ren’s conviction and heavy sentence appears designed to send a message to other members of the Chinese elite that any public criticism or defiance of Xi will not be tolerated, as Beijing continues to deal with the fallout of the pandemic and faces intense international pressure from Washington and others.

[SIZE=5]‘The Cannon’[/SIZE]

Born into the Communist Party’s ruling elite, the 69-year-old Ren had often been outspoken on Chinese politics, far more than is usually allowed in the authoritarian state.
His forthrightness earned him the nickname “The Cannon” on Chinese social media.
In the essay published in March, widely attributed to Ren, the author lashed out at the party’s crackdown on press freedom and intolerance of dissent. While the essay did not mention Xi by name, it obliquely referred to the country’s top leader as a power-hungry “clown.”

“I saw not an emperor standing there exhibiting his ‘new clothes,’ but a clown who stripped off his clothes and insisted on continuing being an emperor,” Ren allegedly wrote of Xi’s address to 170,000 officials across the country at a mass video conference on epidemic control measures on February 23.

The essay went on to accuse the Communist Party of putting its own interests above the safety of the Chinese people, to secure its rule.

“Without a media representing the interests of the people by publishing the actual facts, the people’s lives are being ravaged by both the virus and the major illness of the system,” Ren allegedly wrote.

Soon after the essay was published online, Ren disappeared, and relatives feared he had been detained. Authorities confirmed Ren was being investigated on corruption related charges in early April, and expelled the longtime member from the Communist Party in July, paving the way for his criminal prosecution.

This is not the first time Ren ran afoul of the Chinese leadership for speaking his mind.

In 2016, he was disciplined after questioning on social media Xi’s demands that Chinese state media must stay absolutely loyal to the party. He was put on a year’s probation for his party membership and his wildly popular account on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, was shuttered.

This time, however, there appears to be no second chance for Ren. If he serves his full sentence, he will be in his late 80s by the time he is released.

CNN’s James Griffiths, Nectar Gan and Ben Westcott contributed reporting.

Wacha niskie vile watu wa Valley Arcade watageuza hii story.

:D:D:D @Tom Bayeye hapa huwezi kanyaga???

@Sokwe mtu , @Sambamba , @Kennedy Maina cat got your tongue???

Ndio kuamuka chief,sleep hours are important. Anyway ,winnie the pooh is a dictator ,no doubt about that, Ren fcuked up, you dont insult the host while in his house.Too bad for him but he was talking smack in the wrong hood¯_(ツ)_/¯

If he was jailed for corruption charges then why bring up the criticism of Xi Jinping ?

This is nonsense. No one has ever pretended that China has freedoms.

Meanwhile worse things are happening in the country that regularly dishes out ‘freedoms’.

Straight to whataboutism?

‘But … but what about those other guys they are much …’

Focus. Deal with what is happening in your beloved China. Address that!

China is who they are. A ruthless dictatorship. They don’t hide it. And no one in the world has the capacity to challenge them on their ways.

Instead of posting what we all know, you should focus on efforts to turn America into another dictatorship.

Bwana @ T.Vercetti
Mbona unakuaga na makasiriko?
You are a true epitome of a malignant pseudo narcissistic gaslighter, you try so hard to manipulate folks by psychological means into making them doubt their own sheet,your attempt to gain power over others is visible in the kijiji its almost comical.

You are so aggressive to convince villagers that they cause your aggression most of the time. Cant you just be cordial …like an adult

You want to be in charge, deflect village gossips of you know what;);););)[SIZE=1]geh [/SIZE]and to tear down someone with the need to please others.( @herod i passed i see pale kwa thread ya “Emergency”)

Clearly you are an introvert with good social learning abilities and you see it as a potent tool and a strategy for self-regulation but akili timam ndio ulisahau kubeba

Hauna self-awareness when expressing yuaselefu directly, even with your unflinching honesty, of saying it “like it is.”

But as an senior elder,i will let you run amok in the village otherwise a village aint a village without its idiot madman.
Best regards sir.

Kinyozi focus!

Your weak attempts at derailing this thread have been noted.

Na vile unapenda kukunia thread leo umekosa comeback ukaona unipatie lecture za upus?


This is what China is all about. I am very surprised that you didn’t know that China behaves this way.

Im not derailing ,considering you first posted at 11 and no one bothered then you dropped names at 7 am that woke villagers up,i am just watching you try hard to validate yourself ,its quite amusing
Please continue

unajifanya hujaona comment ya @MBOMB hapo juu fala ii


The corruption charges are trumped up. Just an excuse to jail this mzee.

Huyu jamaa amekuwa akipewa warnings for several years now. This clip for instance is from 2016 :

He knew what was coming.


Niaje mtu wa picha?

What new career have you added to your CV this year?

Last year you were a camera expert, gym instructor, Mercedes car importer, Kikuyu history professor…

This year haikosi you are a medical professional who has conducted extensive research on viruses like Covid.

Najua hawapumui huko Canaan. Unawanyamazisha kabisa na ujuzi wa magonjwa. Na zile gym zako. :D:D:D

“Abba just drink plenty of water and stretch 3 times!”


¯_(ツ)_/¯ see? No one gives a sheet. Stop trying too hard to be unpleasant. I know people like you,you always mention it