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China's highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo
Wengui, is under attack from a former business partner
who claims Guo got him framed for crimes he says he did
After having a conviction for embezzling 855 million yuan
($130 million) from a company owned by Guo quashed, Qu
Long told Reuters he is out for revenge.
"When he returns I will sue him in China," Qu said of
Guo, two days after being released from jail where he
served six years of a 15-year sentence. "If he can't
return, I will sue him in the United States. As long as
he is on the face of this Earth, I will find a lawyer and
make him pay."
In its ruling last Tuesday, the Hebei High People's Court
said there was not enough evidence to support the
Qu's interview with Reuters was arranged by the Chinese
authorities, who also provided briefings by three members
of a special police taskforce investigating Guo, who is
living in New York. Chinese officials told Reuters they
wanted to get Qu's narrative out through the Western
media to counteract a barrage of internet postings by
The officials and police involved in the case told
Reuters that after an investigation that began in 2015
they had discovered that the charges against Qu were
fabricated by Guo and government officials Guo had
allegedly bribed, including Ma Jian, the former counter-
intelligence chief at China's spy agency, the Ministry of
Ma was put under investigation for alleged corruption in
2015 and was expelled from the Communist Party the
following year. He remains in detention and Reuters was
unable to reach him for comment.
Guo did not respond to requests for comment about Qu.
Guo's New York-based lawyer, Josh Schiller, said Qu's
threat was "further persecution of Guo in order to
silence his speech."
Guo, who left China in late 2014 shortly before Ma was
detained, has previously denied bribing government
officials and says accusations leveled against him are
The police and other Chinese officials who talked to
Reuters provided no evidence to support their bribery
assertions in the case. Reuters was unable to
independently confirm whether Guo engaged in any
Battle For Minds
Guo is currently living in a $68 million apartment
overlooking Manhattan from where he has been using social
media to make a series of incendiary, though mostly
unverifiable, claims of corruption in the top levels of
the Chinese government. His campaign has been timed for
maximum impact ahead of next month's critical congress of
the ruling Communist Party, which is held only once every
The Chinese authorities are trying to repatriate Guo, who
applied for U.S. political asylum earlier this month. In
April, at Beijing's request, Interpol issued a 'red
notice' seeking Guo's arrest on corruption-related
The same month, a video confession from Ma surfaced
online, detailing 10 instances where he claimed he abused
his power to benefit Guo in exchange for more than 60
million yuan in bribes, including conspiring to detain
and frame Qu.
Guo has said Ma's testimony should not be believed,
arguing it was likely coerced or made under duress.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the events
that Ma cited.
Guo and Qu were once friends and business partners,
having first met two decades ago and, according to Qu,
bonding quickly over a mutual love of motorcycles and
sports cars. The two men fell out over a dispute related
to the ownership of Tianjin Huatai, an investment holding
company, with Guo claiming Qu had reneged on an agreement
to hand over control of the company.
Qu was initially detained on suspicion of possessing
firearms and he was eventually sentenced on the
embezzlement charges. Qu denied any wrongdoing.