Stern Hu, a former head of Rio Tinto Group’s iron ore unit in China, was freed from prison on Wednesday after his sentencing in 2010 on charges of taking bribes and obtaining commercial secrets.
Hu, an Australian citizen, and three Chinese colleagues convicted on the same charges were fired by Rio following a trial that was held partially behind closed doors. The ex-mining executive had been held at Qingpu Prison near Shanghai. He was released Wednesday, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing in Beijing, according to a transcript on the ministry’s website.
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