Sinopec Slammed With $5B False Imprisonment Suit

Law360, Washington (July 25, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A Chinese businessman slammed China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., known as Sinopec Corp., with a $5.17 billion suit in California federal court Thursday, claiming the company's executives helped the Chinese government imprison him for five years on false charges.

According to Tiangang Sun, the former chairman of GeoMaxima Energy Holdings Ltd., Sinopec officials interrogated, threatened and ultimately had him imprisoned after he sued the company for breaching a pipeline contract. Sinopec is a subsidiary of the Chinese government.

Sun's California complaint alleges the oil and natural...
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