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发表于 6/20/2017 00:36:10 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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Chinese Businessman Guo Sued in New York for Slander, Libelby David Voreacos
and Andrew M Harris
June 16, 2017

  • Lawsuits say Guo defamed HNA, Caixin Media, Soho China
  • Guo slams Chinese officials amid anticorruption campaign
Chinese real estate businessman Guo Wengui, who has feuded with China’s ruling Communist Party, faces at least three U.S. lawsuits by companies and people in China claiming he made defamatory statements tying them to corruption.
Guo, who chose in 2015 to live in exile in a lavish New York apartment, has used social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube to launch blistering attacks on many of China’s elite, accusing them of graft amid a national anti-corruption campaign. Some of his targets are firing back in New York state court.
HNA Group Co., a Chinese conglomerate, sued Thursday, claiming Guo made defamatory and libelous statements, including that Chinese Communist party officials are undisclosed shareholders in the company.

Guo has also falsely claimed government officials and relatives used company “aircraft for purely personal reasons, including to engage in illicit sexual activity,” according to a legal notice in New York state Supreme Court. The complaint wasn’t immediately available. HNA, Deutsche Bank AG’s largest shareholder, owns commercial real estate in the U.S. It seeks unspecified money damages.
An attorney who represents Guo on the Caixin Media and Soho China cases defended his statements.
“He stands by the veracity of the comments that he’s been making,” said attorney Duncan Levin. “The complaints against him are baseless. As a matter of law, their complaints are simply wrong.”

Social Media
Guo, who also goes by the name Miles Kwok, has a strong social media presence with more than 250,000 followers on Twitter and slickly produced videos on Facebook and YouTube that garner tens of thousands of views.
In April, Caixin Media Co. Ltd and its editor-in-chief, Hu Shuli, sued Guo for libel. Hu claimed Guo launched a barrage of defamatory claims after she published a report examining his business dealings and asserting he conspired to oust Beijing’s deputy mayor. A furious Guo responded with a campaign of public lies, according to the complaint by Caixin and Hu.




Guo falsely claimed Hu had an extramarital affair, bore an illegitimate child, participated in sex games, abused drugs, extorted opponents, published false stories and defrauded companies, according to the filing. Caixin and Hu are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Guo has asked for the suit to be dismissed, saying in court that his statements weren’t defamatory and that translations of the comments into English may be incorrect.
A real estate development firm, Soho China Ltd., and its co-founder, Pan Shiyi, sued for slander on June 2. Guo, they claim, falsely accused Soho and Pan of illegally colluding with government officials, manipulating information about company ownership and improperly procuring favorable zoning changes.
Guo also falsely stated that Pan’s wife, the company’s chief executive officer, had an extramarital affair with the son of a high-ranking government official, according to the complaint.
The cases are Soho China v. Guo Wengui, 155066/2017; Caixin Media v. Guo Wengui, 652154/2017; and HNA Group v. Guo Wengui, 653281/2017, all in New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan).



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Guo Wengui




Hainan Airlines owner sues fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui for defamation


Legal action is escalating against Guo, who is wanted on corruption charges in China and has accused the Chinese government and mainland company officials of graft






PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 June, 2017














Zhenhua Lu, US correspondent




POLICIES & POLITICSChinese firms hit fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui with US$50 million lawsuit13 Jun 2017 The owner of Hainan Airlines, Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, said it filed a defamation lawsuit against fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui, calling his recent allegations tying the company to corruption involving Chinese leaders “baseless” and “meritless"
CHINA AT A GLANCE
Guo’s claims “have harmed HNA Group’s reputation”, said the statement, issued late on Thursday night. The statement said HNA would “vigorously pursue its claims” against Guo.
Guo had claimed that senior government officials who held shares in the firm had perpetrated irregularities in the purchase of assets overseas, as well as improprieties over a VIP jet. HNA had denied corruption allegations in a statement last Saturday.

HNA shares plunge after fugitive tycoon’s allegations

Several Chinese companies are now suing the Chinese billionaire who is living in New York. A group of nine companies launched a US$50 million lawsuit on Tuesday in New York against Guo in a bid to obtain compensation for assets they weren’t able to recover following legal victories in Beijing.
In April, HNA’s Hong Kong-listed shares recorded their biggest single day plunge in more than a year, falling as much as 16.7 per cent to HK$0.225, after Guo made allegations tying the company’s acquisitions to corruption involving Chinese leaders and their families.
The stock price has since recovered to trade above HK$0.30, but is still down from this year’s closing high of HK$0.46.

Chinese firms hit fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui with US$50 million lawsuit over lost assets

Guo regularly takes to social media to level allegations of bribery and conspiracy against high-profile individuals in China, including President Xi Jinping’s top anti-corruption official Wang Qishan, usually through self-made videos.








 楼主| 发表于 6/20/2017 01:06:11 | 显示全部楼层
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China executives tied to Communist Party critic Guo Wengui convicted
16 June 2017

A senior executive of an investment firm linked to fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui was jailed Friday for more than two years for fraud.
Lu Tao, who worked for Beijing Pangu Investment, was convicted on charges of obtaining loans and foreign exchange “by fraud”, a court in northeastern China said.
Chinese authorities often use criminal proceedings to punish critics and those perceived as threatening their grip on power.
Dalian Xigang People’s Court. Photo: Weibo.

Lu and his colleagues, Xie Honglin and Yang Ying, confessed to fraud involving 3.2 billion yuan (US$470 million) in loans from the Agricultural Bank of China.
Lu was jailed for two years and three months, and the company was fined 245 million yuan, Dalian Xigang People’s Court said on its social media account.
Xie and Yang were sentenced to two years in prison with a three-year “reprieve”, it said, suggesting they will avoid jail time.
The three defendants had told the court that Guo, an outspoken critic of China’s ruling Communist Party, was Pangu’s “actual controlling shareholder”.
Guo Wengui. Photo: Guo Wengui, via YouTube.

Guo directed them “to apply for loans from the bank with fake contracts, stamps and financial statements, which disturbed financial management order and threatened financial security”, the court said.
Lu and Xie also fraudulently obtained $13.5 million in foreign exchange “with falsified documents”.
Lu told the court he had “privately engraved an official seal” for use on their loan applications.
“I knew (this was illegal),” Lu said, according to video published previously on the court’s social media account.
“It was Guo Wengui who instructed me to do it, under the circumstances at the time I had no choice.”
Guo, who left China in 2014 and currently lives in New York, has denied the allegations.
In recent months Guo has been using social media to make explosive accusations of corruption among China’s powerful, including Wang Qishan, the head of the government’s internal corruption watchdog.
The real estate tycoon is the subject of an Interpol “red notice” for his arrest, a non-binding warrant.


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