Former China energy chief Jiang Jiemin jailed for corruption
The former chief of China’s biggest oil firm has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for accepting bribes, state media said.
Jiang Jiemin was previously head of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and its listed firm PetroChina. He was arrested in 2013, shortly after taking a government job.
Jiang was an ally of former security chief Zhou Yongkang, the biggest official caught in the ongoing corruption crackdown in China.
A statement from a court in Hubei province carried by local media said Jiang was found guilty of “receiving bribes, possessing large amounts of assets of unknown provenance, and abusing power as a state-owned company employee.”
Media outlets said that Jiang had amassed a total of 14.8m yuan (£1.5m, $2.3m) in assets. Besides his jail sentence, authorities have confiscated assets worth 1m yuan from him, local media said.
The BBC’s Celia Hatton in Beijing says he received a lesser sentence after confessing his crimes and detailing the bribes he received in exchange for approving construction projects and offering personal job promotions.
Jiang used to head the China National Petroleum Corporation which is the parents company of PetroChina.