Ex-man­ager of coal com­pany gets sus­pended death sen­tence

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA in Harbin

An in­ter­me­di­ate court in Hei­longjiang province has sen­tenced the former man­ager of a Sta­te­owned coal min­ing com­pany to death with a two-year re­prieve for ac­cept­ing bribes to­tal­ing 306.8 mil­lion yuan ($45 mil­lion) over six years.

Ac­cord­ing to the ver­dict, which was is­sued on Fri­day, Yu Tieyi was guilty of ac­cept­ing bribes in ex­change for hand­ing out bloated pro­cure­ment con­tracts be­tween 2005 and 2011, when he was in charge of sup­plies at Hei­longjiang Long­may Min­ing Hold­ing Group.

The ver­dict said the to­tal amount of the bribes Yu ac­cepted was “huge”, adding that the State suf­fered “a great loss”, both of which war­rant the most se­vere penalty: a death sen­tence with no re­prieve.

How­ever, the court said, it would show le­niency be­cause Yu be­haved well dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, re­ported the crimes of his ac­com­plice and re­turned most of the bribes.

The court said Yu’s il­le­gal gains and all his per­sonal as­sets would be con­fis­cated. Yu was also de­prived of the chance to have his pri­son terms re­duced.

A sen­tence of death with a twoyear re­prieve of­ten re­sults in life in pri­son, as long as the con­vict does not com­mit new of­fenses in the two years.

Yu has de­cided not to ap­peal the rul­ing, the sources said.

China launched an anti-graft cam­paign in 2013 to crack down on mis­con­duct by gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials. The cam­paign has seen some of the high­est rank­ing of­fi­cials ar­rested and sen­tenced.

Yu Tieyi, former man­ager in charge of sup­plies for Hei­longjiang Long­may Min­ing Hold­ing Group

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