Beijing Chaoyang District People’s Court handed down sentences on Wednesday to two internet companies that published rumors claiming a female Sinopec official had received sexual bribes, China Daily reported Wednesday. The two companies, itxinwen.com and china.com, published online rumors that Zhang Qin, an official at China Petrochemical Corp, also known as Sinopec Group, had received sexual bribes from a construction company that later won a bid from Sinopec. Zhang sued the two firms claiming that they had damaged her reputation. The Beijing court heard the case on Sept 6 and found the Internet companies guilty. On Wednesday, they were ordered to publish letters of apology on their website homepages and also in a national newspaper. Itxinwen.com was ordered to pay Zhang 30,000 yuan (US$4,930) in compensation, while china.com was ordered to pay 15,000 yuan, the report said.
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