World
High-ranking China official given life sentence for bribery
Publish Date: Jul 17, 2014
High-ranking China official given life sentence for bribery
Wang Suyi
  • mail
  • img
newvision

BEIJING - A Chinese regional official was sentenced to life imprisonment on Thursday for bribe-taking, a court said, the first high-ranking bureaucrat to be jailed in the corruption crackdown overseen by President Xi Jinping.

Wang Suyi, 53, was last year removed from his post as chief of the Communist party's United Front Work Department in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, an agency that liaises between the ruling organisation and non-Communist groups.

He was convicted of bribery and sentenced to life in prison by the First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing, the court said on its official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

He was charged with taking more than 10.73 million yuan ($1.7 million) in bribes between 2005 and 2013 in exchange for securing business deals for companies and promotions for individuals, earlier Chinese media reports said.

Wang was the first official to face criminal trial among the 40 of vice-ministerial or higher rank investigated since China's once-in-a-decade power transition in 2012 that anointed Xi as chief of the ruling Communist Party, according to the reports.

The South China Morning Post previously quoted a senior editor with a regional party newspaper as saying that Wang's mistresses accused him of taking 100 million yuan in bribes, and of nepotism involving about 30 relatives.

Xi took office as president last year and has vowed to root out corrupt officials, warning that graft could destroy the ruling party.

Corruption causes widespread public anger in China and the drive has been widely touted.

At least 10 Chinese provinces have launched investigations to track down so-called "naked officials" -- those whose relatives have moved abroad -- and the party is increasingly punishing members on charges of "adultery", as it tries to clean up cadres' reputation for corruption and womanising.

But critics say no systemic reforms have been introduced to combat it, while citizen activists calling for such measures have been jailed on public order offences.

RELATED ARTICLES

China official gets suspended death sentence for graft

China activist Xu Zhiyong in silent protest at trial: lawyer

China probes almost 37,000 officials for graft

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Nigeria military warned before major Boko Haram attacks: Amnesty
Amnesty International on Wednesday claimed that Nigeria's military top brass were warned of brutal Boko Haram attacks on the northeast towns of Baga and Monguno this month ut failed to take action....
Nigeria needs regional force against Boko Haram - UN
Nigeria must accept it cannot defeat Boko Haram fighters alone and work with regional armies....
Malaysia to release MH370 report one day before anniversary
MALAYSIA will release an interim report on its investigation into Flight MH370 on March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the jet's mysterious disappearanc...
14 candidates to run against Bashir in Sudan election
FOURTEEN candidates have registered to run against Sudan''s Omar al-Bashir in a presidential vote in April, the country''s electoral commission reealed...
14 candidates to run against Bashir in Sudan election
Fourteen candidates have registered to run against Sudan's Omar al-Bashir in a presidential vote in April, the country's electoral commission said on Tuesday...
Russian ex-spy may have been poisoned twice, inquiry told
An inquiry into the radiation poisoning of a former Russian spy opened on Tuesday with claims that there may have been an earlier assassination bid in the most sensational espionage case since the Cold War....
Is gambling the cause of poverty amomg youth?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter