Chinese official sentenced to 15 years for corruption From K J M Varma
Beijing:A vice-ministerial-level Chinese official was today sentenced to 15 years in prison and stripped of his political rights for four years after he wasfound guilty of accepting bribes by a local court.
Li Daqiu, who became the latest victim of ruling Communist Party’s anti-graft campaign, was the former vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Guangxi, a consultative legislative body.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and stripped of his political rights for four years by the Intermediate People’s Court of Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture in Jilin.
His property, worth 2 million yuan (USD 326,435) was also confiscated.
The court found that from 2003 to 2013, Li used his position to benefit 17 companies and individuals, illegally accepting 10.95 million yuan in bribes, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
However, he was punished with leniency for voluntarily confessing to his crimes and offering information on crimes of others.
Li was earlier expelled from the Communist Party of China for “serious disciplinary violations” – a party euphemism for corruption – in September last year.
The action against Li was part of China’s crackdown on corruption launched by President Xi Jinping to clean up the ruling Communist party.
Only last week, the party chief in the cash-rich Guangzhou city was sacked from his position for accepting huge bribes.