The guilty pleas from Rio Tinto's (RTP) four employees on trial in China took the firm by...

|About: Rio Tinto plc (RIO)|By:, SA News Editor

The guilty pleas from Rio Tinto's (RTP) four employees on trial in China took the firm by surprise, but may be just a legal strategy. Pleas of innocence are hard to defend in Chinese courts, but pleading guilty while downplaying the extent of the wrongdoing can bring lighter sentences.