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China Corruption Blotter (March 8, 2013)

According to the Supreme People’s Court, of all people convicted of corruption, bribery, or dereliction of duty from 2008 onwards, 23% were given heavy sentences (i.e., sentences of ten years or more, including death sentences and suspended death sentences), and 38% were given no jail time. Supreme Court spokesperson Sun Jungong said the preponderance of light sentences was in line with China’s policy of showing leniency to “remorseful and repentant” defendants.

Tianshui City (Gansu Province) Public Security Bureau deputy director Shi Juping was recently sentenced to 12 years for corruption and abuse of power. Prosecutors said Shi accepted bribes of $103,355, and was unable to account for $692,237 of his family assets. The court rejected his defense that the money was all legitimate “business profits.”

Jieyang City (Guangdong Province) vice mayor Zheng Songbiao has reportedly been placed under investigation for serious disciplinary violations. Zheng also concurrently holds the posts of Jieyang Highway Bureau director and head of Jieyang Airport office.

Wenling City (Zhejiang Province) Bidding Management Committee deputy head Ke Jinrong was sentenced to 16 years and had $16,000 in personal assets confiscated. He allegedly accepted $75,743 in bribes from companies bidding for projects and embezzled $17,030 in public funds.

Yi Xin, Supervision and Inspection Audit Office director of Guangzhou (Guangdong Province) Medical Insurance Service Management Bureau, and his deputy Xie Yong were handed six years and five years, respectively, for taking $113,700 in bribes, presumably from companies aiming to get their products approved for coverage under local health-insurance plans.


Chua Guan Cheong is a senior journalist with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.

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