Ren Zhiqiang – who called Chinese president a ‘clown’ – jailed for 18 years

Former real estate mogul was investigated after criticising Xi Jinping over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

China has sentenced an influential former property executive and critic of President Xi Jinping to 18 years in prison for corruption.

Ren Zhiqiang, the former chairman of Huayuan, a state-owned real estate group, was also fined 4.2m yuan, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate Court said on its website on Tuesday.

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