The former chairwoman of the Sanlu Group, jailed for life over China‘s melamine-tainted milk scandal in which at least six children died, has appealed against her sentence, state media said on Sunday.
Tian Wenhua says her trial lacked evidence, Xinhua news agency quoted her lawyer as saying.
Tian was convicted last year at Intermediate People’s Court of manufacturing and selling fake or substandard products. She was sentenced to life last month and fined 24.7 million yuan ($3.6 million).
Two men were sentenced to death and three former Sanlu executives received jail terms of five to 15 years.
The court ruled Tian authorized the sale of products that contained 10 mg of melamine in every 1 kg of milk, Xinhua said.
Nearly 300,000 children fell ill last year after drinking milk laced with melamine, a toxic industrial compound that can give a fake positive on protein tests.
The latest in a string of food safety failures that have blighted the “made in China” brand, the Sanlu milk scandal prompted an outpouring of public anger.
(Reporting by Nick Macfie; Editing by Janet Lawrence of Reuters)
Tian and her lawyers also argued the court lacked evidence to say that Tian agreed to receive the problematic crude milk.
Tian said the management of Sanlu Group decided to recall and cease selling the baby milk powder containing melamine on Aug. 1 when the Hebei Provincial Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau confirmed that samples sent by the company were contaminated.
Even if the milk powder department under the group failed to inform the downstream dealers, Tian should not bear the responsibility, Liang said.
Three other former Sanlu executives received jail terms of 5 to 15 years for their roles in the scandal.
The Sanlu Group, whose bankruptcy petition was accepted by the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court last month, was fined 49.37 million yuan by the Shijiazhuang court.
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