Dacheng attorneys defend innocence of client accused of embezzling

Dacheng attorneys have defended the innocence of a client accused of embezzling more than RMB100m (£9.7m) of funds.

The People’s Court of Fengrun District, Tangshan, Hebei province, issued its No. 88 criminal judgment that found Gao Zecheng and Ma Lianchun, whom the prosecutor accused of embezzlement, not guilty. Attorneys Dong Fangwei and Du Yonghao successfully represented the two in this case.

Fangwei and Yonghao were retained by Zecheng’s family to act for Zecheng. When the People’s Procuratorate of Tangshan was probing into Zecheng’s case, the attorneys submitted an attorneys’ opinion letter to the prosecutor insisting that whether or not Zecheng had the right to dispose of the land, what he had done did not constitute criminal offence, nor was Lianchun guilty of any crime. The People’s Procuratorate of Tangshan decided not to prosecute them on charges of contract fraud and directed the case to the People’s Procuratorate of Fengrun District, which instead accused the two of embezzlement.  

In a 30-plus-page plea presented to the court of trial, the two attorneys illustrated facts and legal basis that defended Zecheng and Lianchun in a thorough, systemic and detailed manner. On the day of trial, they grasped a loophole resulting from self-contradictory rhetoric between the representative of Huazeyuan and its witness and steered the cross examination and the judge to fall in Zecheng and Lianchun’s favour. The court of first instance finally judged the two not guilty.