The Supreme People’s Court announced on the afternoon of September 9 that the Second Circuit

Court of the Supreme Law had retried a fraud case 24 years ago, publicly adjudicated it, revoked

the original judgment of the second trial according to law, and acquitted Zhao Mingli, the defendant of the original trial.

The fines already imposed in the original judgment of the second trial shall be returned according to law.

According to the Supreme Law Circular, Zhao Mingli, then director of Chunguang Riveting and Welding Plant in Lishan District, Anshan City,

Liaoning Province, was detained in August 1994 after being accepted and examined by the Anshan Public Security Bureau for suspected f

raud. Four years later, on September 14, 1998, the People’s Procuratorate of Qianshan District of Anshan City filed an indictment with the People’s Court of Qianshan District of Anshan City.

Zhao Mingli was charged with fraud. On December 24, the People’s Court of Qianshan District decided that Zhao Mingli had insufficient evidence to commit fraud.

After the sentence was pronounced, the People’s Procuratorate of Qianshan District of Anshan City filed a protest. On June 3, 1999, the Ansh

an Intermediate People’s Court rendered a final judgment, finding that Zhao Mingli, the defendant,

took advantage of the mismanagement of Northeast Wind Cold Rolling Mill Co

mpany to take the means of non-payment for delivery of goods and proceeded from the East on April 29, May 4, May 7 and May 8, 1992.

Beifeng Cold Rolling Co. defrauded 46.77 tons of cold rolled sheets (valued at RMB 134189.50). Accordin

gly, the first instance judgment was revoked, Zhao Mingli

was found guilty of fraud, sentenced to five years’imprisonment and a fine of RMB 200,000.

After his release from prison, Zhao Mingli appealed to the Anshan Intermediate Court and Liaoning Provincial High Court successively, which were rejected.

On July 21, 2015, Zhao Mingli died of illness. In August of th

e following year, Zhao Mingli’s wife Ma Yingjie appealed to the Supreme Law.

Two years later, the Supreme Law made a retrial decision, put the case on trial and formed a collegial p

anel according to law. In view of Zhao Mingli’s death, according to the relevant laws and judicial in

terpretations, the case was heard in writing in accordance with the second instance procedure.

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