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Businesswoman's death sentence has Chinese up in arms

A few years ago, she embodied the rags-to-riches legend of modern China: The daughter of an illiterate farmer...creates a business empire that makes her one of the country's wealthiest women...A provincial court on Jan. 18 upheld Wu Ying's death sentence on charges of fraud and "illegal fund-raising," violating legislation aimed at fighting underground banking and loan-sharking. Since then, her cause has won the backing of members of China's business community, which normally steers clear of politically sensitive human rights issues. [refers to Global Times, Google, Bense Holding Group]