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Company Sued for Bribing Officials for Prison Labor

By Wang Jing and Han Wei
Family members watch an inmate talk to his relatives on a computer in June 2016 at Foshan Prison during in an open house day to showcase the prison's new system for inmates to communicate with family members over the internet. Photo: Foshan Prison
Family members watch an inmate talk to his relatives on a computer in June 2016 at Foshan Prison during in an open house day to showcase the prison's new system for inmates to communicate with family members over the internet. Photo: Foshan Prison

A privately owned furniture and electric manufacturer in Southern China’s Guangdong province was sued for bribing jailers to obtain cheap prison labor, shedding light on graft cases that have brought down several officials at a city prison.

A court in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong, heard the case Thursday against Heshan Chuangmei Industrial Development Co. for allegedly paying 318,000 yuan ($48,116) in bribes to officials at the Foshan Prison.

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