Rio 4 To Stand Trial

The industrial espionage case involving four employers of the Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto  has entered its next phase. The four, who include an Australian citizen Stern Hu, have been indicted on on charges of bribery and stealing business secrets, Xinhua reports. They will stand trial in Shanghai in what promises to be another test of relations with Australia, and of the nerves of foreign investors which have been rattled by what seem to be a number of strikes at foreign companies in recent months. If found guilty, the Rio 4 could face up to seven years in jail on the commercial secrets charge, and up to 20 years on the bribery charge. Last week, Rio appointed Ian Bauert to run its operations in China. An old China hand, Bauert set up the company’s first China office more than 25 years ago.

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2 responses to “Rio 4 To Stand Trial

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