Ex-se­nior of­fi­cial given life sen­tence

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

Du Shanxue, 60, for­mer deputy gov­er­nor of Shanxi prov­ince, was sen­tenced on Tues­day to life in prison for of­fer­ing and tak­ing bribes.

The ver­dict was given by the Xuzhou In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court in Jiangsu prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to the court, Du and his wife took more than 80 mil­lion yuan ($11.5 mil­lion) in bribes be­tween 2003 and 2013 when he was the top of­fi­cial of two cities in Shanxi and deputy gov­er­nor of the coal-rich prov­ince.

In 2011, Du of­fered 100,000 eu­ros ($111,000) to Ling Zhengce, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Shanxi pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory body, in an at­tempt to gain pro­mo­tion within the prov­ince’s Party Com­mit­tee, the court said.

In ad­di­tion, Du could not ex­plain how he and his fam­ily came into pos­ses­sion of prop­erty val­ued at 89.2 mil­lion yuan, the court said.

In Au­gust, Du stood trial, plead­ing guilty and ex­press­ing re­morse in court for of­fer­ing and re­ceiv­ing bribes.

Du ad­mit­ted tak­ing money from 28 or­ga­ni­za­tions, in­clud­ing an en­ergy com­pany, and from in­di­vid­u­als in ex­change for pro­vid­ing help with busi­ness mat­ters and pro­mo­tions.

The Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the top anti-graft watch­dog, said that in ad­di­tion to ac­cept­ing bribes, Du had also com­mit­ted adul­tery.

Du was put un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in June 2014 and was ex­pelled from the Party in Fe­bru­ary last year.

Du Shanxue, for­mer deputy gov­er­nor of Shanxi prov­ince

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