Chinese anti-corruption chief gets death penalty over bribes

A former top Chinese anti-graft official in east China`s Zhejiang Province was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for allegedly taking bribes.

Last Updated: Sep 09, 2010, 20:24 PM IST

Beijing: A former top Chinese anti-graft
official in east China`s Zhejiang Province was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for allegedly taking bribes.

A court in eastern China`s Shandong Province
pronounced the verdict against Wang Huayuan, who was a high
profile anti-corruption official once.

Wang, 62, was charged with taking bribes and failing
to explain the source of his personal assets, all of which
have been confiscated.

The Intermediate People`s Court of Zaozhuang handed
down the sentence for the trial that began July 14.

Wang was accused of abusing his position as secretary
of the provincial commissions for discipline inspection in
Guangdong and Zhejiang while a senior official in the two
provinces between 1998 and 2009, Xinhua news agency reported.

In return for bribes, Wang dispensed favourable
treatment that helped others in business, employment,
litigation and in avoiding arrest, the court said.

He was charged with taking 7.71 million yuan (about
USD 1.13 million) in bribes.

Wang was unable to explain the source of 8.94 million
yuan of his personal assets, the report said.

The court said the bribes were "enormous" and that
Wang`s offences were "extremely serious".

Wang was detained and put under investigation in April
last year. He was stripped of his membership of the Communist
Party of China and his post in August the same year.

PTI