usatoday.com on December 7, 2011 reported that an Australian businessman detained in southern China was sentenced Tuesday to 13 years in jail for embezzlement and bribery, Australia's government confirmed. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an emailed statement that Matthew Ng planned to appeal the sentence, which was handed down by the Guangzhou Intermediate Court at a hearing Tuesday. Consular officials were present for the hearing, it said. Ng is CEO of Et-China, a travel services company reportedly embroiled in a dispute with a local Chinese partner. "We have made clear to Chinese authorities our strong interest in Mr. Ng's case," the Australian government statement said. It said that Prime Minister Julia Gillard had raised Ng's case with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao in April and that other Australian officials discussed it several times with their Chinese counterparts.
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