China jails top official over US$36 million bribes
A CHINESE court handed a former top provincial official a suspended death sentence for bribery, the latest senior politician to be jailed in a high-profile, anti-corruption campaign.
Bai Enpei, the former top Communist Party official in the southwestern province of Yunnan was handed the sentence – usually commuted to life in prison – for accepting bribes worth more than 240 million yuan (US$36 million) a court in Anyang city said on an official microblog.
Graft has become endemic in China and President Xi Jinping launched a much-publicised drive against corruption after he came to power in 2012, vowing to target both high-level “tigers” and low-ranking “flies”.
But analysts say China has failed to implement institutional safeguards, such as an independent judiciary and free media, leaving anti-graft campaigns subject to the influence of politics.
The ruling Communist Party promoted Mr Bai to the top-ranking post in Yunnan from 2001 to 2011, before putting him under investigation in 2014.
The court said he had accepted bribes in exchange for giving out rights to real estate and mining projects, and political promotions. –