For­mer China energy chief Jiang Jiemin jailed for cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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