Date
22 September 2017
Zhang Shuguang pleads guilty to corruption in court in September. Photo: China Daily
Zhang Shuguang pleads guilty to corruption in court in September. Photo: China Daily

Mistress jailed 5 years for aiding corrupt official

The mistress of a former top Chinese railways official has been jailed for aiding his bribe-taking, the China Daily reported.

A Beijing court handed singer Luo Fei a five-year term Wednesday.

She was accused of helping Zhang Shuguang hide almost 2 million yuan (US$330,000) in bribes.

Zhang, the former deputy chief engineer of the now-disbanded railways ministry, was given a suspended death sentence in October for corruption, BBC News said.

President Xi Jinping has warned repeatedly that endemic corruption threatens the public’s trust in the Communist Party and top officials.

In multiple cases, reports have emerged of the lavish lifestyles of those under investigation – often involving one or more mistresses.

These mistresses have become a symbol of corruption, because they are perceived as unaffordable on a public official’s salary.

Former railways minister Liu Zhijun, who was given a suspended death sentence for corruption, was reported to have had 18 mistresses.

Zhang had admitted that he gave Luo a monthly salary plus a car and watches, China Daily said.

Citing legal experts, the paper said her conviction showed a move to hold to account those close to corrupt officials, in addition to the officials themselves.

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