The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, has said the State will appeal the suspended sentence handed down to Chinese businessman, Aidong Zhang on 31 October 2019 by the Suva High Court on the grounds of leniency.

Aidong Zhang was found guilty on charges of obtaining property by deception and money laundering of $1.2 million.

Between 1 June 2014 and 31 January 2016, Aidong Zhang had deceptively obtained property and engaged directly or indirectly in money laundering in the amount of FJD$1,240,740.74.

He had obtained the money by deception from the complainant who was his business partner on the pretext that a property was being sold at $5.5 million instead of its actual price of $3.3 million.

Aidong Zhang was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment, suspended for 18 months and an additional fine of $100,000 was imposed, in default, to serve 6 months imprisonment.   The Notice of Appeal against the sentence was filed in the Court of Appeal this afternoon (28.11.19).

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