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China – Court hands out custodial sentences to Crown’s employees

By - 27 June 2017

A Shanghai court has sentenced 16 Australian and Chinese employees from Crown Resorts to nine to 10 months in prison although their time served since October 14 will see them released soon.

Crown said in a statement: “17 current and two former employees of the Crown group were today convicted by the Shanghai Baoshan District Court of contraventions. 16 of the 19 defendants were fined a total of RMB8.62m, which converts to approximately A$1.67m. This amount is being paid ex gratia by Crown. Of the 16 defendants who were fined, 11 were also sentenced to a period of incarceration of nine months and five to a period of 10 months, with time in detention since 14 October 2016 to be taken into account for all. The remaining three defendants, who were bailed on 11 November 2016, were not fined or sentenced to a period of incarceration. The defendants include three Australian citizens, Jason O’Connor, (Jane) Pan Dan and Jerry Xuan. One of the other defendants is a Malaysian citizen and the remaining defendants are Chinese citizens. Crown remains respectful of the sovereign jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China and does not intend to comment further at this time.”

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