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Ian J. Stones, a British businessman who disappeared in China in 2018, has been sentenced to five years in prison. This is the first public acknowledgment of his case, which had been shrouded in mystery since his disappearance.
The businessman, Ian J. Stones, had lived in China since the 1970s, working for companies such as General Motors and Pfizer.
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, revealed that Stones was convicted in 2022 of buying and unlawfully supplying intelligence for an organization or individual outside China. Stones's appeal of the verdict was rejected in September 2023.
The Chinese courts heard the trial strictly in accordance with the law, Mr. Wang said, adding that China protects the lawful rights of Chinese and foreign parties.