Singer claims graft charges against mum dropped


Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM and R. ARAVINTHAN

CANADA-BASED Chinese singer Wanting Qu’s (pic) family claimed that Chinese prosecutors had withdrawn corruption charges against her mother in their long legal battle, reported China Press.

The 37-year-old singer shared a post created by her aunt on her Weibo account on Thursday, where the aunt urged the public to stop linking the corruption charge against her sister Zhang Mingjie, involving 350 million yuan (RM219mil).

She said Zhang claimed trial in March 2019 and before her second court appearance, the Harbin city Peoples’ Procuratorate withdrew the charge.

She claimed that the prosecution had made a mistake in the case, adding that the family would initiate legal action against those who continue to make defamatory remarks over the case.

The aunt questioned the authorities for dragging out the case for seven years without sentencing or releasing Zhang.

In her Weibo post, Qu said she hoped that her mother would receive an answer this year.

“Over the past few years, no matter where I am, I continue to uphold and defend the Constitution. I have deep faith in China’s judicial system, ” she said.

Zhang, a former Harbin planning official, was arrested in 2014 and accused of embezzlement in an alleged real estate scam which saw a state-owned corn farm transferred to a private firm for redevelopment in 2009.



> Hong Kong actor Simon Yam had raked in about HK$20.6mil (RM10.75mil) from the sale of a loft and shoplot on Ki Lung Street in Hong Kong’s Prince Edward area, reported Guang Ming Daily.

Quoting local reports, the daily said the loft measured about 900sq ft, while the shoplot was at 1,150sq ft, with a market price of HK$17,000 per square foot.

The report said the 65-year-old Yam and his wife Qi Qi bought the property in 2010 for HK$14.38mil (RM7.5mil) and sold it for HK$35mil.

During an interview, Yam, who is known as the “King of Property” said he used the money to buy other property in Hong Kong.



The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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