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China Corruption Blotter (February 5, 2014)

Wang Weibing, former head of the Internal Settlement Center at state-owned Zhengzhou Coal Industry Group Co Ltd, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting bribes totaling $500,000 from ten banks seeking business with the group. The banks identified include the Zhengzhou branches of Shanghai Pudong Development Bank, China Minsheng Bank, China Guangfa Bank, Industrial Bank and Bank of China.

Ma Junfei, former deputy head of Hohhot railway bureau, has been given a death penalty with two years’ reprieve for accepting more than $21.48 million in bribes from at least 40 mining and electricity companies in exchange for railway transportation quotas. Wang Hongmei, director of the Yihe Energy Group in Inner Mongolia, has been identified as a bribe-giver.

Cui Aiguo, former director of the Civil Defense Bureau in Beijing’s Fengtai district, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for accepting $171,849 from property management companies, Beijing Xinghe City Property Management Co Ltd and Beijing Yizelong Property Management Co Ltd, in exchange for granting them civil defense projects. Cui also accepted three houses from his mistress, He Xiaoyu, who has been charged for offering bribes.

A court in southern China’s Hainan province has upheld the 15-year jail term handed to Zhao Leiwu, former deputy Party secretary of Haitang Bay Township in Hainan province. Zhao was found guilty of accepting $521,819 in bribes to seek benefits for real estate developers and peasants in land acquisition and compensation. Zhao denied any wrongdoing and appealed to a higher court in November 2012.

Hu Guochu, the former chairman of the Standing Committee of Hengyang Municipal People’s Congress, has been detained for dereliction of duty in relation to major electoral fraud in Henan province. Hu allegedly received bribes and failed to prevent stop vote-buying during elections he oversaw in Hengyang City.

Li Chongxi, chairman of the Sichuan provincial committee of the People’s Political Consultative Conference, has been fired and placed under investigation for serious violations of party discipline. No further details on the investigation have been released. Li was a former aide to retired domestic security Chief Zhou Yongkang. Insiders have said Li was sacked for violations related to economic issues.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with the China Compliance Digest.

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