Top Chinese official sentenced to death for graft

The official turned himself in and returned all bribes, which were confiscated.

Updated: Aug 30, 2011, 23:50 PM IST

Beijing: A court in China on Tuesday sentenced a
top official working with the country`s leading telecom
operator to death with two years` probation for accepting
bribes of over USD 2 million.

Li Hua, former chairman and general manager of the China
Mobile Communications Corporation`s Sichuan branch, was
convicted on the first instance of taking bribes totalling
16.48 million yuan (USD 2.58 million), a spokesman with the
Intermediate People`s Court of Panzhihua City said.

Taking advantage of his official position, Li accepted
bribes from local companies and offered them interests, the
court said.

The official turned himself in and returned all bribes,
which were confiscated and turned over to the state treasury,
news agency Xinhua reported.

Established in 2000, China Mobile is a state-owned
telecom group with assets of 51.8 billion yuan.

For ten consecutive years, it has been on the list of the
world`s top 500 companies compiled by Fortune Magazine and was
ranked at 77 most recently, the company`s official website
said.

PTI