Ex-of­fi­cial jailed for bribery

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN

Qiu He, for­mer deputy Party chief in Yun­nan prov­ince

Qiu He, for­mer deputy Party chief in Yun­nan prov­ince, has been con­victed of bribery and sen­tenced to 14 years and six months in jail, ac­cord­ing to a court in Guizhou prov­ince.

Qiu, 59, was also fined 2 mil­lion yuan ($289,000), while all his ill-got­ten as­sets were con­fis­cated and re­tuned to the State, ac­cord­ing to the ver­dict from the Guiyang City In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Guizhou prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to the court, Qiu abused his power to gain ben­e­fits for others in projects, bank loans and jobs, and ac­cepted bribes to­tal­ing 24.33 mil­lion yuan, paid ei­ther to him­self or through his staff, from 2008 to 2015.

Dur­ing the course of seven years, he served mainly as a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of Yun­nan Pro­vin­cial Party Com­mit­tee, Party chief in Kun­ming city and deputy Party chief in Yun­nan prov­ince.

The court said in a state­ment that Qiu was given rel­a­tively le­nient pun­ish­ment be­cause “he had con­fessed to his crimes and ex­pressed re­gret, and all his ill-got­ten funds have been re­cov­ered”.

In March 2015, Qiu was in­ves­ti­gated for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline” by the CCDI and was taken away by in­spec­tors from a ho­tel in Bei­jing af­ter at­tend­ing the fi­nal meet­ing of the an­nual ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress.

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