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Not guilty: conviction overturned for man accused of illegal corn procurement

(People's Daily Online)    16:25, February 17, 2017
Not guilty: conviction overturned for man accused of illegal corn procurement
(Zhang Cheng/People's Daily)

The Intermediate People’s Court of Bayannur has overturned a ruling previously made regarding the case of Wang Lijun, who was convicted of illegally running his grain procurement business.

From November 2014 to January 2015, Wang, who held a license for neither grain procurement nor the operation of a business, sold corn to a grain depot in Hangjin Rear Banner. He made 6,000 RMB from the transaction. After police began investigating the case, Wang turned himself in and returned the profit.

Prosecutors charged Wang with running an illegal business. On April 15, 2016, the court in Linhe district sentenced Wang to one year in prison with a two-year reprieve. He was also fined 20,000 RMB.

On Dec. 16, 2016, the Supreme People’s Court ordered a retrial for Wang’s case. The People’s Intermediate Court of Bayannur retried the high-profile case on Feb. 17, holding that although Wang’s business violated regulations for grain circulation, it did not harm the market order. Therefore, Wang was found innocent of any crime.

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