China: Sichuan’s former CPC chief held for corruption

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A former Chief of the Chinese Communist Party, of the earthquake– hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison here last week, for accepting bribes worth USD 898,000.

Xu Mengjia, former secretary of the Communist Party of China’s Ya’an municipal committee, was convicted and imprisoned by Dazhou Municipal Intermediate People’s Court on December 31, per the city government’s official confirmation received.

Exploiting the reach he enjoyed because of his post, Xu had indulged in, and helped others effect corruption to the tune of 5.5 million yuan (USD 898,000), accepting bribe from numerous companies between 2009 and 2013.

Xu has been established to have abused his power in several land development projects during the tenure of his service.

The city was hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake in April 2013, with 196 fatalities and thousands of causalities.

A massive rehabilitation of the quake victims has been launched by the government.

The president Xi Jinping launched an anti- graft initiative wherein hundreds of CPC officials stationed at various levels, including some of the top leaders like former security chief Zhou Yongkang and military General Xu Caihou, were probed for corruption.

* source DDNews

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