Jul 13, 2018 06:34 PM

Quick Take: Former Provincial Security Chief Jailed for Corruption

Zhang Yue, former head of Hebei province's Politics and Law Committee.
Zhang Yue, former head of Hebei province's Politics and Law Committee.

The former security chief of China’s northern province of Hebei has been sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined 5 million yuan ($749,000) for bribery that brought him a fortune of 157 million yuan over an eight-year period.

Zhang Yue was fired as secretary of the province’s Political and Legal Affairs Commission, the security apparatus overseeing the province's police and judicial system, in April 2016 when he was put under investigation for corruption. Zhang, who was also head of the province's Public Security Bureau until 2015, was also removed as a member of the standing committee of the Hebei provincial committee of the Communist Party and expelled from the party.

The trial was held in April 2017 in East China’s Jiangsu province, and Zhang, now 57, admitted abusing his power and taking 157 million yuan in bribes. He was accused of using his influence to help individuals and businesses secure bids for land auctions and government-funded development projects, win court cases and gain promotions.

But the Changzhou Intermediate People's Court did not hand down a sentence at the time. The brief verdict released by the court on Thursday said Zhang was shown leniency because he turned himself in and also provided authorities with valuable leads that led to other criminal investigations.

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