Former­vice-gov­er­nor gets life for bribes

China Daily (Canada) - - HONG KONG -

The for­mer vice-gov­er­nor of An­hui prov­ince, Yang Zhen­chao, was sen­tenced to life in pri­son for ac­cept­ing bribes, along with em­bez­zle­ment and abuse of power, ac­cord­ing to a court in Shanghai onWed­nes­day. Yang ac­cepted bribes of more than 80 mil­lion yuan ($11.6 mil­lion) from 2008 to 2016, ac­cord­ing to the Shang­haiNo 1 In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court. Yang also abused his power, lead­ing to pub­lic eco­nomic losses of 915 mil­lion yuan, the court said. caught in­Qing­dao in connection with a fer­rosil­i­con smug­gling op­er­a­tion. They are sus­pected of smug­gling as­much as 80,000met­ric tons of the ma­te­rial— ametal al­loy used in pro­duc­tion of oth­er­met­als— worth 650 mil­lion yuan ($95 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to cus­toms of­fi­cials in­Qing­dao. OnApril 14, a ship reg­is­tered as ap­peared in Shan­dong. More than 150 cus­toms and po­lice of­fi­cers in­ter­cepted the ship and sus­pects. Ato­tal of 2,350 tons of fer­rosil­i­con was seized. More was con­firmed to have been sold or stored, the au­thor­i­ties said. China has re­stricted the ex­port of fer­rosil­i­con since 2005. found af­ter a 14-hour res­cue ef­fort in the gas-filled tun­nel. More than 2,000 res­cuers and med­i­cal work­ers braved high car­bon monox­ide lev­els and dust to search for the trapped work­ers af­ter the ex­plo­sion ripped through tun­nel around 2:50 pm in Dafang county. Twelve other peo­ple were in­jured. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause of the ex­plo­sion is on­go­ing.

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