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Guilty plea in extortion case

A MAN pleaded guilty yesterday to blackmailing a beverage company by threatening to poison its products.

Defendant Li Ming told Xuhui District People's Court he was guilty of extortion, but that he was innocent on the charge of spreading fake terrorism information.

The prosecuting attorney said defendant Li Ming started to extort money from Huiyuan Juice Group Co Ltd last year because he was on a tight budget as he was divorced and living with his daughter.

Li called Huiyuan, demanded 20,000 yuan (US$2,950) and threatened to poison the company's products in supermarkets in Shanghai and Jiangsu Province if it failed to provide the money.

The company ignored his demand.

Li then called quality supervision bureaus in both Shanghai and Jiangsu, as well as Shanghai-based Xinmin Evening News to pressure the company into meeting his demands. Li told all three that he had already poisoned Huiyuan's juice products in the supermarkets, which later caused a large-scale check, the court heard.

On January 25, Huiyuan transferred 2,000 yuan to Li's bank account.

Li was caught at Jiaxing Railway Station in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province.


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