Comments on Stanley Lubman “Rio Tinto trial shines harsh spotlight on Chinese criminal justice”, 29/03/2010, http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2010/03/29/rio-tinto-trial-shines-harsh-spotlight-on-chinese-criminal-justice/
Although I share some of the concerns of Stanley Lubman, it can hardly be said that the case is markedly different from most cases involving Chinese nationals only.
So in that respect, the international implications argued by some people in terms of doing business in China may not have strong foundation.
China does not appear to have targeted foreign investors.
While some people in western countries may think the sentence of Stern Hu is harsh by western standard, by Chinese standard it may not be so, bearing in mind the sum of money involved reported was substantial by Chinese standard in terms of income, or for that matter in Australian standard. The death sentence can be involved for very large sums of money in China.
Even in Australia, I remember a former judge in NSW, former Federal Court Justice Marcus Einfeld, was sentenced extremely severely to three years imprisonment with a non-parole period of two years, for an evasion of a speeding fine, how many years for $A 75.
Which was harsh, or harsher in comparison?