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China Corruption Blotter (September 15, 2014)

Wen Qingliang, former head of the Kunming Bureau of Railways in Yunnan Province, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes of over $3.2 million himself or along with his mistress Zhong Hua. Wen took bribes from at least six companies in return to help them win railway transportation. Zhong will be tried in a separated case.

Tong Mingqian, former vice chairman of People’s Political Consultative Conference in Hunan province, was sentenced to five years in prison for dereliction of duty in preventing and investigating a large-scale election fraud. Over 500 local lawmakers were found to have accepted bribes offered by 56 candidates seeking seats in Hunan provincial people’s congress.

Yan Jinxing, the former party secretary of Si County in Anhui province, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for accepting cash, gifts and a property worth a total of $ 845,322. In return, Yan offered assistance to bribe-givers in job promotion and projects construction.

Wang Hejin, Qiu Xingyuan and Lan Jikun, three former chairmen of Mianyang Education Investment Development Ltd, stood trial for taking bribes from contractors to grant them construction projects. Wang and Qiu are also former heads of Mianyang Education Bureau, while Lan used to be deputy head of the bureau.

Zhang Xinhua, former manager of Guangzhou-based Baiyun Nonggongshang United Co Ltd, was tried for accepting nearly $16 million in bribes and embezzling state assets worth $46 million. Zhang has illegally transferred state-owned factories and land to Guangzhou Guangtian Property Co Ltd, a private company belonging to him. He also took bribes from a number of property developers seeking land-use rights.

Zhang Shitao, former deputy head of Agriculture and Forestry Bureau in Kaifeng city, Henan province, was sentenced to 14 years in jail over bribery charges. Zhang took bribes totalling $153,783, including $32,512 he solicited from a real estate company, and paid $50,000 to Li Senlin, former Organization Department head in Kaifeng, in exchange for promotion.


Hui Zhi is the Senior Manager for Content with the China Compliance Digest.

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