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Pop singer's wife jailed

LI Li, wife of Chinese pop singer Man Wenjun, has been sentenced to a year's jail after being found guilty of providing a venue for drug use.

A spokesman of the Chaoyang District People's Court in Beijing confirmed yesterday that Li was also fined 2,000 yuan (US$293).

The court was told that Li booked a room in a nightclub, CoCo Banana, near the Workers' Stadium in the Chaoyang District for her birthday party on May 18. Forty guests were in attendance.

Acting on tip-offs, police raided the nightclub and detained Li and Man on charges of using drugs. Early the following day police made a drugs seizure which included an amount of ecstasy.

Man tested positive for ecstasy following a urine test. He was detained but was released on June 3.

Man, 40, began his career singing in a pub and became a household name from the mid-1990s because of a strong voice and healthy image. He was also a torchbearer for the Beijing Olympics.

Prosecutors accused Li of enabling others to take drugs at the birthday party and read out testimony from 22 people, including Man.

Li said she brought 16 tablets of ecstasy to the party, but said they were intended to alleviate hangovers.


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