The four employees of Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group charged in China with bribery and stealing trade secrets were found guilty Monday and sentenced to prison terms ranging from 7 to 14 years. The four immediately were dismissed by Rio Tinto, according to the Australian Associated Press; their actions were described by the company as “deplorable.”
The most senior of the four, Australian citizen Stern Hu, was sentenced by the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court to 10 years in prison — five years for bribery, and five for stealing trade secrets, according to the official Xinhua news agency. He was fined Rmb 1 million ($146,447). Hu is the former head of Rio Tinto’s iron ore sales team in China,
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