Ty­coon Mou, now 75, re­leased from jail af­ter serv­ing 16 years of sen­tence

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CHI­NADAILY

A wealthy Chi­nese busi­ness mogul was re­leased from jail on Tues­day af­ter com­plet­ing a 16-year sen­tence, Chi­nese me­dia re­ported.

At 6 am on Tues­day, Mou Qizhong, a well-known busi­ness ty­coon, was freed from Hong­shan Prison in Hubei province, China Busi­ness Jour­nal re­ported, quot­ing Mou’s lawyer, Xia Zong­wei.

Later, Nande Group, the com­pany Mou had led as chair­man, also posted a no­tice of his re­lease, the jour­nal said.

Xia told the pa­per: “While serv­ing the sen­tence, Mou did not give up think­ing about devel­op­ment paths for the Chi­nese econ­omy, in­clud­ing im­prove­ments in the Three Gorges Dam area,” and he hoped to dig out and de­velop var­i­ous cul­tural fea­tures in the area to ac­cel­er­ate lo­cal eco­nomic devel­op­ment, the pa­per said.

Mou, now 75, was born in Chongqing mu­nic­i­pal­ity. He was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment in 2000 for bank fraud. He per­sisted in phys­i­cal ex­er­cise in the jail, the re­port said, adding that it was his third re­lease.

His first and sec­ond sen­tences, based on po­lit­i­cal and com­mer­cial charges, were handed down in 1974 and 1983, it said, though it didn’t pro­vide de­tails.

Un­der Chi­nese law, in­mates can qual­ify for sen­tence re­duc­tions if they per­form well in prison. Typ­i­cally, a life sen­tence is re­duced to 20 years if a con­vict has no more of­fenses dur­ing the first two years in prison. The penalty can be fur­ther re­duced to 15 years if the con­vict be­haves well.

Xia, the lawyer, told TheCover.cn, an on­line news ap­pli­ca­tion based in Sichuan province, that Mou had ob­tained ex­ter­nal in­for­ma­tion from news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and TV pro­grams pro­vided by the prison, in­clud­ing Peo­ple’s Daily and CCTV news.

“While read­ing the news­pa­per, he made notes. He also learned about the law and public pol­icy in the prison li­brary,” it quoted Xia as say­ing.

She said that her client al­ways kept his eyes on so­cial de­vel­op­ments and re­forms made by the gov­ern­ment in re­cent years, es­pe­cially those in ju­di­cial and eco­nomic fields.

Mou had a cere­bral hem­or­rhage when he was 70, Xia was quoted as say­ing. She added that the prison paid great at­ten­tion to his con­di­tion and pro­vided med­i­cal care.

Mou was some­thing of a leg­end in Chi­nese busi­ness. He be­came well-known for get­ting four civil air­craft from Rus­sia in ex­change for a num­ber of light in­dus­trial prod­ucts, the re­port said.

Mou Qizhong

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