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Chinese director Zhang Yimou fined S$1.5m for violating one-child policy

Published on Jan 9, 2014 5:07 PM
 
China fined acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou 7.5 million yuan (S$1.57 million) on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014, for having three children in violation of its country's strict one-child policy. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - China fined acclaimed film director Zhang Yimou 7.5 million yuan (S$1.57 million) on Thursday for having three children in violation of its country's strict one-child policy.

The family planning agency in the eastern city of Wuxi - where Mr Zhang's wife, Chen Ting, is from - told Mr Zhang last month he would be fined, but did not say how much.

Mr Zhang appealed.

Online reports surfaced last year that Mr Zhang, who dazzled the world in 2008 with his Beijing Olympic ceremonies, had at least seven children and could be liable for a 160 million yuan fine, Xinhua news agency said.

 
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