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Businessman facing jail over fraud has appeal stayed after no-show

A Canadian businessman facing a six-month jail sentence for contempt of court in connection with a multimillion-dollar technology fraud has had his appeal of the ruling stayed after he failed to show up in court. In 2012, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Kelleher ordered Jesse Zhu and several other defendants to pay $8.5 million to a U.S. company for profiting from the theft of valuable technology related to the separation of sex chromosomes from bull semen. In December, Kelleher sentenced Zhu to six months in jail, but Zhu was not in court because he apparently feared that he might be arrested. 

The matter is set to go back before the court July 15.

By Keith Fraser
Read the full article at The Vancouver Sun.