Q. What happens when you knowingly sell poisoned food products and kill at least six Chinese babies [the actual toll is a state secret] and sicken about ½ million other infants?
A. It all depends on who you are!
If you are a prominnet member of ‘National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference,’ like Tian Wenhua, 66, the former President and General Manager of Sanlu, you get a prison sentence!
Sanlu Group‘s official logo. Image may be subject to copyright despite Sanlu bankruptcy!
If you are not politically well connected, and haven’t paid the right amount of kickbacks to the corrupt officials, like the two men who supplied melamine to adulterate the milk, you would get a death sentence.
Sanlu show trial: Sanlu Group executives Tian Wenhua, Wang Yuliang, Hang Zhiqi and Wu Jusheng stand trial on 31 December 2008. (Xinhua/Ding Lixin. Image may be subject to copyright.
As for other executive/employees:
- The three other former top Sanlu executives on trial together with
Tian under the same charge got sentences varying from five to 15 years.
- Wang Yuliang and Hang Zhiqi, both top executive of
Sanlu, were respectively sentenced to 15 years and 8 years in
- Wu Jusheng, former manager responsible for Sanlu’s raw milk department, received a 5-year sentence.
[Note: A total of two death sentences, three life sentences and six sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years were handed to the defendants, while 40 others still await trial.]
Q. What about Fonterra, which owned 43% of the joint venture company?
A. Fonterra directors literally got away with murder!
But how could that be? Surely China is no longer a colony. Even Hong Kong …
Fonterra’s new Logo. Readers will excuse the “Dairy for life [sentence]” pun. Image may be subject to copyright.
This is how it works. It always has. If the others who were involved in killing Chinese babies come from a country where the corrupt Chinese officials have a personal interest/stake, then those foreign nationals and their agent are excused.
As for the response by the baby-killer Fonterra directors: They are “still studying the verdict.”
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