Date
22 October 2017
Wang Qingliang, former party boss of Guangzhou, had taken more than 100 million yuan (US$15 million) in bribes, gifts and from extortion in exchange for help with promotions and project approvals, a court said. Photo: Reuters
Wang Qingliang, former party boss of Guangzhou, had taken more than 100 million yuan (US$15 million) in bribes, gifts and from extortion in exchange for help with promotions and project approvals, a court said. Photo: Reuters

China jails two former party bosses for corruption

China has jailed two former Communist Party officials for corruption, the latest to fall in President Xi Jinping’s sweeping war on graft.

Wang Qingliang, former party boss of the southern city of Guangzhou, was sentenced to life in prison on Friday, while Wang Min, former party boss of the northern city of Jinan, was for jailed for 12 years, Reuters reports.

The court in Nanning city said on its official microblog that Wan, who was put under party investigation in 2014, had taken more than 100 million yuan (US$15 million) in bribes, gifts and from extortion in exchange for help with promotions and project approvals.

The court also ordered that all of his assets be seized.

Wan admitted his guilt and handed over evidence not previously discovered in the investigation, resulting in a lighter sentence, the court said.

While the court did not give an explanation, he could have received the death penalty for such serious crimes, Reuters said.

The court said his crimes dated back to 2000, during which time he abused his position as head of the Communist Party Youth League in the southern province of Guangdong, where Guangzhou is located, as well as other subsequent provincial positions.

Separately, a court in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo said it had jailed Wang Min, the former party boss of the northern city of Jinan, for 12 years for taking bribes, according to Reuters.

Jinan is the capital of Shandong province.

China is in the midst of a sweeping campaign against deep-rooted corruption launched by Xi after he assumed power almost four years ago, warning the problem was so serious it threatened the party’s survival.

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