Ex-Liaon­ing of­fi­cial sen­tenced to life in jail for cor­rup­tion, bribery

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

Wang Min, a for­mer pro­vin­cial-level of­fi­cial of North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince and a se­nior na­tional leg­is­la­tor, was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment on Fri­day for cor­rup­tion, tak­ing bribes and neg­li­gence of duty.

The sen­tence was given by the Luoyang In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court of in Cen­tral China’s He­nan prov­ince, which also de­prived Wang of his po­lit­i­cal rights for life, with all his per­sonal as­sets con­fis­cated.

Wang was vice-chair­man of the Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence, Cul­ture and Pub­lic Health Com­mit­tee of the 12 th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress af­ter leav­ing the post of Liaon­ing Party chief. In Oc­to­ber last year, he was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China for se­ri­ous breaches of Party dis­ci­pline.

The court found Wang guilty of us­ing his po­si­tion and power to as­sist oth­ers in mat­ters in­clud­ing pro­mo­tions and busi­ness in ex­change for money and prop­erty worth more than 146 mil­lion yuan ($21.7 mil­lion), dur­ing his time as Party chief and gover­nor of Jilin prov­ince, Party chief of Liaon­ing prov­ince and direc­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress from 2004 to 2016. In Novem­ber 2009, Wang took ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion as the Party chief of Jilin and em­bez­zled pub­lic funds of 1 mil­lion yuan to pay for per­sonal bills.

While Party chief of Liaon­ing and direc­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Liaon­ing pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture, Wang vi­o­lated rules and failed to prop­erly su­per­vise the pro­vin­cial elec­tions by not launch­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into or han­dling tips on elec­tion fraud, in­clud­ing vote buy­ing.

His neg­li­gence un­der­mined the elec­tion sys­tem, re­sulted in “ma­jor losses in the na­tional and pub­lic in­ter­est, and had an es­pe­cially vile so­cial im­pact”, ac­cord­ing a state­ment from the court.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Wang Min

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