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PRC bootleggers, pirates receive prison sentences

AP , BEIJING

China has sentenced 13 people to jail terms of up to seven years for bootlegging foreign liquor and pirating Japanese auto parts and other goods, state media reported yesterday.

A man convicted of producing and selling 4,000 bottles of fake Hennessy and Chivas liquor received the longest sentence, the official China Daily newspaper reported. Lai Shouqiang was sentenced on Monday to seven years and fined 400,000 yuan (US$49,000) by the Zhongshan Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Guangdong Province.

Seven other people received sentences of between one and three years, it said.

In Shanghai, the former head of a Taiwan-based company was convicted of manufacturing more than 2 million bogus Toyota, Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi car parts since 2001, it said.

Zhao Weixin was sentenced on Monday to four years in prison and fined 400,000 yuan (US$49,000) by the Shanghai Hongkou District People's Court.

A Beijing man was convicted of selling 5,300 pirated CDs or DVDs, and a man in Suqian in eastern Jiangsu Province was sentenced for selling fake labels.

They received two-and three-year sentences, on Monday, it said.

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