Australia wants transparent appeal from China

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 5:14 AM
Australia wants transparent appeal from China

Australia's justice minister has told China that his government expects a jailed businessman's appeal to be transparent.

A court in southern China sentenced Australian businessman Matthew Ng to 13 years in jail Tuesday for embezzlement and bribery.

Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor raised the case of Ng during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Thursday in Beijing.

He says he conveyed "the Australian government's expectation that the appeal process would be conducted in a transparent manner."

O'Connor says Chinese Justice Minister Wu Aiying noted his comments and the Australian government's position.

Ng is CEO of Et-China, a travel services company reportedly embroiled in a dispute with a local Chinese partner.