A Chinese nationwide has been sentenced to twenty years in jail for torturing native mine employees in Rwanda after a video exhibiting him whipping a person tied to a put up went viral on social media.
Sun Shujun, the supervisor of a mine within the west of the nation, was convicted on Tuesday together with an confederate following his arrest in September final yr.
“It is clear that (Sun) tortured the victims and issued corporal punishment with malicious intent, and this is a grave crime,” choose Jacques Kanyarukiga dominated, ordering him to serve a 20-year time period in jail.
Sun, who was in courtroom for the decision, acknowledged assaulting two employees, saying he beat them as a result of he was “frustrated and fed up of them constantly stealing minerals”.
The 43-year-old had argued for his launch, saying he had compensated the 2 by paying a complete of multiple million Rwandan francs (about $1,000, 900 euros) and signing a “reconciliation letter”.
However, the prosecution — which had accused him of assaulting 4 individuals — argued that the victims had accepted the funds “because they were traumatised and afraid of him”.
Another supervisor on the firm, Ali Group Holding Ltd, was discovered responsible of serving to Sun and sentenced to 12 years in jail however one other defendant was discovered not responsible.
A forty five-second clip of 1 incident was extensively shared on Twitter in September, exhibiting a visibly enraged Chinese man utilizing a rope to flog a person huddled on the bottom and tied to a pole, as a small group of individuals in orange jackets seemed on.
The mine produces cassiterite, a mineral that’s the important ore of tin.
After the decision by the courtroom within the district of Rutsiro, Sun — who had been free on bail — was put into handcuffs and brought away by guards. He has as much as 30 days to enchantment.
The Chinese embassy in Rwanda mentioned in a press release it had “taken note” of the ruling.
“The embassy always asks Chinese citizens in Rwanda to abide by local laws and regulations,” it mentioned.
“The embassy calls for the case to be handled appropriately in a rational, fair and just manner, and requests the legitimate rights of Chinese citizens to be properly protected.”
Rwanda and China get pleasure from good relations and final yr marked the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic ties.