Ex-mayor ac­cused of cor­rup­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

A for­mer mayor in Hu­nan prov­ince who made head­lines for drug use has been sen­tenced to seven years in prison on cor­rup­tion charges.

Yueyang In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court handed down the ver­dict on Fri­day to Gong Weiguo, for­mer mayor of Linx­i­ang, af­ter con­vict­ing him of tak­ing bribes and abus­ing power.

Gong was in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice af­ter ac­cu­sa­tions that he had used drugs in April 2015. Months later, he was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China and re­moved from his pub­lic post for “se­ri­ous dis­ci­plinary vi­o­la­tions”, in­clud­ing cor­rup­tion and drug use.

The court found that Gong ac­cepted bribes worth 1.5 mil­lion yuan ($221,400) in re­turn for help­ing others ob­tain ben­e­fits between 2007 and 2015, when he worked in the ci­ties of Miluo, Yueyang and Linx­i­ang.

Also, he il­le­gally ex­empted real es­tate de­vel­op­ers from ad­min­is­tra­tive fees, re­sult­ing in gov­ern­ment losses of nearly 16 mil­lion yuan.

In ad­di­tion to the prison sen­tence, Gong was fined 300,000 yuan and his il­le­gal gains were con­fis­cated.

Gong Weiguo

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