Ex-of­fi­cial jailed for cor­rup­tion

For­mer po­lit­i­cal ad­viser found guilty of tak­ing ad­van­tage of his posts

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Ling Zhengce, a for­mer se­nior po­lit­i­cal ad­viser of Shanxi prov­ince, was sen­tenced at a lo­cal court on Fri­day to 12 and a half years in prison for tak­ing bribes.

Ling, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Shanxi Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, was found guilty of tak­ing ad­van­tage of his posts to of­fer help for oth­ers in project ex­am­i­na­tions and ap­proval, busi­ness op­er­a­tions and pro­mo­tions between 2001 and 2014, ac­cord­ing to a ver­dict from Changzhou In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Jiangsu prov­ince.

Ling ac­cepted bribes worth more than 16 mil­lion yuan ($2.3 mil­lion) ei­ther per­son­ally or through his son. He was fined 1.5 mil­lion yuan, and his il­le­gal gains must be turned over to the State, the court ruled.

The court showed le­niency as Ling ad­mit­ted his crimes, gave ac­count of cases that were not found by in­ves­ti­ga­tors and vol­un­tar­ily turned over his prof­its, ac­cord­ing to the judges.

Ling, 64, is a brother of Ling Ji­hua, for­mer vicechair­man of the CPPCC. The

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lat­ter was sen­tenced on July 4 to life in prison for tak­ing bribes to­tal­ing 77.08 mil­lion yuan, il­le­gally ob­tain­ing State se­crets and abus­ing his power.

In an­other devel­op­ment on Fri­day, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Min­istry of Jus­tice was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for sus­pected graft, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, the coun­try’s top anti­graft watch­dog.

Lu En­guang, head of the min­istr y ’s po­lit­i­cal af­fairs depart­ment, was sus­pected of “se­ri­ous dis­ci­pline vi­o­la­tions”, us­ing the usual eu­phemism for graft, ac­cord­ing to state­ment from the com­mis­sion’s web­site. It gave no other de­tails.

Lu has been the first vicem­i­nis­te­rial level of­fi­cial with the Min­istry of Jus­tice that was put un­der graft probe since a mas­sive an­ti­cor­rup­tion cam­paign was launched in the coun­try in late 2012.

Lu, a na­tive of Yanggu in Shan­dong prov­ince, worked as deputy head of the min­istry’s po­lit­i­cal af­fairs depart­ment since May 2009.

Lu as­sumed his cur­rent po­si­tion in Novem­ber last year, and had pre­vi­ously worked in the Min­istr y of Hu­man Re­sources and So­cial Se­cu­rity and in the pub­lish­ing in­dus­try.

Ling Zhengce

Lu En­guang

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