Der er faldet dom i sagen om Rio Tinto. Den australske statsborger Stern Hu fik syv års fængsel og de tre kinesiske statsborgere fik op til 14 års fængsel.
Dommen har været ventet med spænding, og den kan få konsekvenser for alle udenlandske virksomheder – også danske – der driver forretning i Kina. Wall Street Journal har god opsummering:
For executives of major multinationals in other industries, the detention of the executives in July raised concern that their employees—particularly those born in China, as all four of the Rio Tinto executives were—could be accused of similar crimes in the course of doing their jobs, such as gathering industry information. The case suggests that in China some industries like commodity trading can be rife with illicit dealing, such as buyers sometimes bribing sellers. It has raised questions about how aggressively companies should pursue profits in the world’s fastest-expanding major economy.
It demonstrates the usual limits on the ability of defense lawyers to fully represent their clients, a disturbing lack of transparency, and the impact of political influences on the proceedings and the outcome. Criminal justice has moved only partially and irregularly toward a level of legality that it lacked under Mao, and is an object of concern to Chinese law reformers as well as to foreign observers. This particular case also raises serious concerns about China’s interpretation of its international obligations given its disregard for the Sino-Australian consular agreement.
Du kan se de tidligere artikler om Rio Tinto her på Kinablog.