Ex-senior official given life sentence
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