Ex-Party chief of Nan­jing im­pris­oned

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Yang Weize, for­mer Party chief of Nan­jing, cap­i­tal of Jiangsu prov­ince, was sen­tenced to 12 years and six months be­hind bars for tak­ing bribes worth 16.4 mil­lion yuan ($2.4 mil­lion).

Ac­cord­ing to Ningbo In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in neigh­bor­ing Zhe­jiang prov­ince, Yang used his po­si­tions as a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Jiangsu provin­cial Party com­mit­tee and the top of­fi­cial of Wuxi and Nan­jing to take bribes be­tween 2005 and 2014.

He sought prof­its for realestate de­vel­op­ers, busi­ness peo­ple and govern­ment work­ers by abus­ing his power, ac­cord­ing to the court.

Yang was handed a lighter sen­tence be­cause he co­op­er­ated with in­ves­ti­ga­tors, re­turned bribes vol­un­tar­ily and showed re­pen­tance, the court said. He also con­fessed to some bribes that in­ves­ti­ga­tors were un­aware of.

In a doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, Cor­rup­tion Fight Is Al­ways Un­der­way, which was broad­cast on China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion in Oc­to­ber, Yang con­fessed to tak­ing small amounts of money or gifts in the be­gin­ning.

“At first I thought I should stay away from bribes,” Yang said in the doc­u­men­tary, which was filmed while he was de­tained. “But grad­u­ally, it

Value of bribes Yang Weize, for­mer Party chief of Nan­jing, ac­cepted

seemed like I could es­tab­lish con­nec­tions with others by tak­ing small gifts.”

“In the end, I was will­ing to take bribes. It re­sulted in a sit­u­a­tion which got out of hand.”

Yang, 54, started his ca­reer as an of­fice worker at the Jiangsu provin­cial trans­porta­tion depart­ment in 1981. When he was 36 years old, he be­came the youngest govern­ment of­fi­cial at or above bureau level in the prov­ince af­ter he was ap­pointed head of the trans­porta­tion bureau in 1998.

He be­came the mayor of Suzhou in 2001 and the Party chief of Wuxi in 2004, be­fore work­ing as the Party chief of Nan­jing from 2011 to 2015. He was also an al­ter­nate mem­ber of the CPC Cen­tral Com­mit­tee.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion an­nounced in July last year that Yang had been stripped of his position and ex­pelled from the Party, and that the case had been handed over to ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties. He stood trial on cor­rup­tion charges in Au­gust.

Yang Weize

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