Today (January 3), the Intermediate People's Court of Songyuan City, Jilin Province, publicly sentenced Li Ning, a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, professor of the Agricultural University of China and co-defendant Zhang Lei to corruption, sentenced the defendant Li Ning to 12 years'imprisonment and a fine of RMB 3 million, sentenced the defendant Zhang Lei to five years and eight months'imprisonment and a fine of RMB 200,000 for corruption.
The trial found that from July 2008 to February 2012, the defendant, Li Ning, took advantage of his position as professor of the Agricultural University of China, director of the State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Biotechnology of the Agricultural University of China, head of the Li Ning Research Group of the College of Biology of the Agricultural University of China and the position of managing the funds for major scientific and technological projects in the country. The money was transferred to Li Ning's personally controlled accounts and used to invest in several companies.
The Li Ning case is of great significance to anti-corruption in science and technology and education, the Chinese court said,\" Li Ning case of embezzling scientific research funds \"is one of the current phenomenon of corruption in science and technology and education, the defendant Li Ning, as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, enjoys a high reputation and great influence in the field of research, and the corrupt behavior of scientific research funds has sounded the alarm bell in the whole field of science and education.
After graduating from university in 1982, the 45-year-old Li Ning was elected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering at a \"rare speed,\" known at the time as the youngest member of the Academy of Engineering and as a\" genetically modified academician,\" according to a resume published on the website of the Agricultural University of China. He is also in charge of a major scientific research project: the \"major project for the cultivation of new varieties of genetically modified organisms\" was approved by the executive council of the State Council in 2008, with an investment of about 20 billion yuan. Li Ning has long served as the industry's recognized \"aircraft carrier class\" research project deputy chief engineer.
Li Ning is an expert in animal molecular genetics and breeding in China. He was then director of the State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Biotechnology, Agricultural University of China. He discovered and cloned a number of genes that affect the important production traits of animals, developed and applied a batch of animal molecular breeding engineering technology, and established and developed the development system of animal cloning and breast bioreactor in China. At the same time, he has made original achievements in the field of animal function genome, cloning molecular mechanism and so on.
From 2006 to 2010, li ning accounted for more than half of the \"academic output\" of international papers and provincial and ministerial awards. In the same period, Li Ning's Institute of Biology received 374 research projects and more than 100 million national and various funds.
On June 20,2014, Li Ning was taken by the Changling County Procuratorate of Songyuan City in Jilin Province to cooperate with the investigation after taking a group photo with his students. Later, prosecutors announced that li ning was arrested on suspicion of embezzling research funds.
On October 10,2014, the website of the Ministry of Supervision and Supervision of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection issued a circular that Li Ning, a professor at the Agricultural University of China who is responsible for the major project of \"breeding new varieties of genetically modified organisms \", was arrested according to law.
In May 2014, the Supreme Prosecutor decided to appoint the Li Ning suspected of job-related crimes as a clue to the audit findings of the Audit Office to the Jilin Provincial People's Procuratorate for investigation, the report said. In June, prosecutors in Jilin province filed a case against Li Ning for alleged corruption and took coercive measures. After preliminary investigation, li ning uses the position convenience, with the false invoice and the matter obtains the scientific research funds to transfer to own control company way, has been suspected of embezzling the public fund more than 2000 million Yuan.
It is understood that long-term head of major projects, the director of the State Key Laboratory Li Ning, but also shares or holding a number of enterprises. One expert familiar with the matter has said:\" li ning's most controversial is that he is both the main person in charge of the project, the gatekeeper and the head of dozens of sub-projects or consultants.\"
In April 2015, the Songyuan Municipal Procuratorate of Jilin Province filed a prosecution against the Li Ning case with the Songyuan Municipal Intermediate People's Court after prosecutors announced that Li Ning had been arrested for allegedly embezzling scientific research funds. On August 20 and 21 of the same year, the first instance of the case, in the Jilin Province Songyuan City Intermediate People's Court for two consecutive days. For more than four years, no further progress was made in the case.
Since then, Li Ning's defense lawyers and their families have been refused bail pending trial despite repeated applications. Today, Li Ning has been in custody for more than four years.
According to the Economic Observer, Li Ning's defense lawyer said that the Li Ning case, the Supreme People's Court for approval of the extension, has been at least 10 times. But in these more than ten extensions,\" the court hasn't held a court since August 2015. The fact that neither the prosecution nor the courts have supplemented the investigation nor any new circumstances or causes is really puzzling. However, the law has no specific provisions or limits on how many specific extensions can be made.\"
In February 2019, Shen Guofang, Ren Jizhou and 15 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zeng jointly wrote to Zhou Qiang, president of the Supreme People's Court, in the hope of completing the Li Ning academician case as soon as possible.
\"We believe that if the judiciary has conclusive evidence that Li Ning is involved in a crime, it is advisable to judge Li Ning as early as possible,\" they said in a joint letter
In 2018, the guangming daily also published a commentator's article saying that the main ambiguity in the li ning case was that the prosecution had accused li ning of transferring some of its research money to the accounts of its legal representatives or holdings of kiplin and ji fulin.
According to the article, according to the state regulations, the application for major national projects need industrialization projects, must have the industry sector to join and mainly industry sector, or lose the eligibility to apply for national key special funds. So li ning, the discipline leader, either finds a ready-made company that has difficulty controlling the process of technology conversion, or abandons funding for projects; and if he sets up his own controllable industrial transformation company, there is a risk of corruption as long as there are accounts with his existing research projects.
Guangming daily also pointed out that the incident is not only related to the transformation of scientific research and scientific research results, but also to the value of intellectual property rights and the benefits of industrialization. And for Li Ning, who has been in custody for more than four years, the trial does not judge abnormal,\" should give early conclusion \".