Prosecutors in China are pushing for the death penalty to be meted out on Zhang Mingjie, the mother of popular singer Qu Wanting.
According to Shanghaiist, Zhang was accused of embezzling around 350 million yuan (S$71,006,141) in a real estate sale during her time as the deputy head of a district in Harbin.
Instead of only transferring ownership of the farm property, Zhang and the other defendants conspired to deceive officials into transferring the land-use rights as well. Zhang later signed the shady contract.
At a trial in Harbin City, prosecutors have recommended the death sentence for charges of embezzlement, taking bribes as well as abuse of power.
The defendants have pleaded not guilty, claiming that their concessions were obtained illegally.
Last year after her mother was arrested, Wanting posted this on her Facebook:
"I love my mother and I'm truly heartbroken. This ordeal is very stressful and I find myself crying over it daily."
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