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Suspended jail term in cancer drugs case

A MAN who bought anti-cancer drugs from overseas and sold them online was sentenced to three years in jail with a three-year reprieve by the Shanghai Railway Transport Court, prosecutors said yesterday.

Zhai Yiping, 47, was also fined 30,000 yuan (US$4,277) and prohibited from producing or selling drugs and other related activities during the reprieve. He didn’t appeal and is also receiving community correction. 

Prosecutors said Zhai and Guo Zihong, who is the subject of a separate case, decided to have Guo buy anti-cancer drugs such as Opdivo, Keytruda and Lenvima overseas in February last year. Neither had a license to do so. After the drugs were handed to Zhai by crew members on international flights, he used QQ and WeChat to sell them to people with cancer.

Between February and July last year, the amount of money involved exceeded 4.7 million yuan.

Zhai was apprehended by police at his home on July 24 and some drugs were seized. Prosecutors said Zhai was not the chief culprit and could be given a lenient penalty.

On August 26, the law was changed to say that importing small amount of drugs legally available overseas but without approval from Chinese drug authorities can be subject to reduced punishment or exempted from legal consequences if no serious results are caused.


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