Chinese Billionaire Pig Farmer Jailed for Allegedly “Stirring Up Trouble”

Chinese billionaire Sun Dawu was sentenced to 18 years of imprisonment on Wednesday for “provoking trouble,” the court said.

The Gaobeidian District People’s Court in Hebei province found the wealthy pig breeder guilty of eight crimes. Gathering crowds to assault state agencies, illegal fundraising, and “causing a disturbance” were among the charges.

He was found guilty for “gathering a crowd to storm state institutions, obstructing public service, picking quarrels and provoking troubles, disrupting production and operation, conducting coercive trade, illegal mining, illegal occupation of agricultural land, illegal absorption of public deposits,” the People’s Court of Gaobeidian said.

As part of his 18-year sentence, Dawu was also fined 3.11 million yuan ($480,000). Meanwhile, nineteen of Sun’s relatives and employees were given shorter sentences, ranging from 15 months to 12 years. 

Sun’s legal team declined to comment on the case, saying it was too politically sensitive. 

Sun, a 67-year-old social justice activist and fervent supporter of rural development, was previously a well-known politician. He was invited to give talks on agrarian land reform and business at prestigious Chinese universities. Intellectuals and political activists frequently visited his company’s headquarters.

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