Quick Take: Former Jiangsu Deputy Governor Convicted of Bribery
A former deputy governor of the prosperous eastern province of Jiangsu has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking in nearly 15 million yuan ($2.3 million) in bribes, according to a court document.
Li Yunfeng, who went on trial at Hezi Intermediate People’s Court in Shandong province, was also fined 1.5 million yuan, state broadcaster China Central Television reported Thursday.
Li, who is also an alternate member of the Central Committee of the ruling Communist Party, is among scores of high-profile government officials to fall in an anti-corruption campaign launched by the party’s General Secretary Xi Jinping late in 2012.
The former deputy governor took bribes worth 14.77 million yuan between 2003 and 2014, during which time he held several party and government posts in the region, including secretary-general of the provincial party committee, according to court documents. In return, Li offered influence-peddling linked to government-funded projects and promotions.
Li, 61, was put under investigation for serious violations of party discipline, a euphemism for corruption, according to a May 2016 statement from the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s top anti-graft agency. He was also accused of breaking party’s anti-extravagance rules, among other violations.
His downfall was triggered by an investigation into his ties to a local company that the Jiangsu government agencies had contracted to develop an e-government system, a person with knowledge of the probe told Caixin. Li was a close friend of the company’s president, according to the source. However it is unclear whether the two ever reached an illicit deal.
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