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Jail for husband with 2 other 'wives'

A MARRIED man who took two other "wives" and fathered children with all three women has been jailed for 18 months for bigamy.

The three women involved with the man, identified by his surname of Zhu, 44, all held doctorate degrees and all had a son by him.

Zhu ran an investment company in Shanghai. Women were attracted by his wealth and good looks, according to the Minhang District People's Court.

He married his first wife, surnamed Chen, a university lecturer, in 1992 in Liaoning. Ten years later, Zhu decided to set up a business in Shanghai while Chen stayed at home. Zhu spent most of his time in Shanghai, rarely returning to Liaoning.

Claiming to be single, in 2006 Zhu met a woman, surnamed Wei, on the Internet, who was studying for a doctorate in Shanghai. Wei soon moved in with Zhu and became pregnant. She asked Zhu to marry her, but Zhu made excuses to delay registration as he realized this was illegal,

After their son was born, Zhu and Wei went to Wei's hometown in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to hold a wedding ceremony during the Spring Festival in 2009, but without legally registering a marriage.

A day later, Wei found a notebook in Zhu's suitcase detailing his relationships with several women in graphic terms and containing photographs of him with them.

Zhu was unconcerned because by this time he had another girlfriend, surnamed Yin, who also held a doctor's degree and also gave birth to a son by him.

Chen, Zhu's legal wife, eventually learned his extramarital affairs from her father-in-law, who was unhappy with his son. She reported the bigamy to Shanghai police late last year. In China, a couple who co-habit and start a family are considered married under common law.

Zhu denied he was living with the women, claiming the relationships were one-night stands. But overwhelming evidence, including the testimony of Zhu's neighbors, DNA test results of his children and Zhu's signature on the children's birth certificates, all proved his bigamy, the court ruled.


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