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Chinese-American sentenced to 10 months in jail for bigamy

A 61-YEAR-OLD Chinese-American was sentenced to 10 months in jail with one-year reprieve for bigamy after his American wife reported him to the police after discovering he had married a local Shanghai woman, the Changning District People's Court said yesterday.

Taiwan native Liu Ming, who is an American national, married his first wife Chen Nan, also a Chinese-American, in the United States in the 1980s. But the couple did not get along well after their marriage, the court heard.

Liu came to work in Shanghai in 1997 and got into a relationship with a Shanghai woman Ding Ling, who was 22 years younger. Ding was aware that Liu was married but carried on with the affair nevertheless.

Liu did not divorce Chen, who was unaware of the relationship.

Liu used his Taiwanese certificate to register his marriage with Ding in 2010, which hid his American nationality and his marital status, prosecutors said.

Liu argued he did not violate any laws because he used his US citizenship to marry Chen, while using the Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwanese residents to marry Ding. The court rejected the argument and said Liu was simply taking advantage of legal loopholes.

The court also sentenced Ding to six months in prison with one-year reprieve for going into matrimony despite knowing that Liu was married in the US.


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