Her long grey hair hanging down her back, Ding Yuxin wept in a Chinese courtroom last December. Following a one-day trial, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for bribing government officials.
When the verdict was announced, Ding wobbled on her feet and was steadied by security guards. Tears rolled down her face.
With only a primary school education, Ding Yuxin built an empire hinging on lucrative government coal and railway deals. Many were secured by greasing palms, netting Ding more than $325m (£207m: €290m) in contracts.
She’s a particularly flashy example of a new kind of Chinese prisoner: a woman put behind bars for a non-violent crime. It’s an unlikely symbol of how China is changing.
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Source Credits: Celia Hatton in BBC News from Beijing