Graft con­fes­sions

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“I deeply re­gret my ac­tions. As a Party chief trained and ed­u­cated by the Com­mu­nist Party of China for so many years, how could I be­come such (a cor­rupt of­fi­cial)? I caused huge dam­age to the Party.”

Bai En pei ,70, for­mer deputy head of the En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’ s Congress

Bai was con­victed of il­le­gally amass­ing more than 247 mil­lion yuan ($37 mil­lion) in as­sets and sen­tenced to death with a two-year re­prieve.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent TV doc­u­men­tary Al­ways on the Road, re­leased by the anti-graft au­thor­ity, his wife op­er­ated as a go-be­tween in so­lic­it­ing bribes from busi­ness peo­ple, es­pe­cially real es­tate de­vel­op­ers who sought land in Yun­nan prov­ince, where he served as Party chief. One of gifts in­cluded a jade bracelet worth 15 mil­lion yuan, which was given to Bai after he granted land to a real-es­tate de­vel­oper in Kun­ming. A num­ber of such bracelets were found at Bai’s res­i­dence, where it took dis­ci­plinary of­fi­cials more than 10 days to count gifts. Zhou Ben­shun, 63, for­mer top of­fi­cial of He­bei prov­ince

“I never ex­pected I would have such an end­ing. I was brought up in a poor fam­ily and en­dured a lot of hard­ships since child­hood. I hated cor­rupt of­fi­cials since I was young, but I be­came one in the end. It’s just so sad.”

Zhou was placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion of cor­rup­tion charges in Oc­to­ber. No de­tailed in­for­ma­tion is avail­able about the value of bribes he ob­tained.

The doc­u­men­tary showed that Zhou re­dec­o­rated a two-story govern­ment build­ing in a mil­i­tary com­pound in He­bei prov­ince and used it as his home. He hired a care­taker for his pets, and after his pet tor­toise died at home, Zhou had Bud­dhist Su­tras tran­scribed, bury­ing the tran­scrip­tions with the tor­toise. Zhou con­fessed in the first episode of the TV se­ries to fail­ing to dis­ci­pline his chil­dren and us­ing his power to help his son’s busi­ness. Zhou’s wife, Duan Yan­qiu, and his son, Zhou Jing, were also placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“Life is like a live broad­cast. There’s no way of rewind­ing time. Ev­ery­one has to be re­spon­si­ble for his or her be­hav­ior. That’s the rule.”

Li C hun ch eng ,60, for­mer deputy Party chief in Sichu an prov­ince

Li was given a 13-year jail term last year for il­le­gally ob­tain­ing nearly 40 mil­lion yuan from 1999 to 2012.

In the first episode of the doc­u­men­tary, he con­fessed to ig­nor­ing the Party’s code of con­duct and de­vi­at­ing from the cor­rect path.

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