Che said if Shi had only evaded toll fees, he would only be asked to make the payments. But his use of fake documents to "win the trust" of officials meant his actions could be interpreted as fraud and he would be held legally responsible, the lawyer said.
But Che also expressed doubt about the sum of money that the court said Shi Jianfeng had evaded.
"The court ought to explain how it calculated the amount of money evaded and how prosecutors argued for its authenticity," he said.
The punishment would not be so severe if the sum was not that big, he added.
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