Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Condemn to death the former mayor of a city in China for taking bribes

Xu Zongheng, former mayor of Shenzhen, the first special economic zone of China, has been sentenced to death with a two-year suspension for taking bribes. The Zhengzhou Intermediate People's Court in the northern province of Henan, has also condemned the former ruler, 56, the loss of political rights and confiscation of personal assets.

According to the sentence, between 2001 and June 2009, Xu took 33.18 million yuan (3.54 billion euros) in bribes from companies building materials and low-level officials seeking promotion. In those years, the offender occupied important positions within the city of Shenzhen. Among them, the mayor (2005-2009), when it was discovered the web of corruption and was dismissed for "serious disciplinary violations." Xu helped some companies to change the development plans of the city and win contracts for construction projects.

According to the official Xinhua news agency the death sentence has been suspended for two years because Xu had confessed their crimes, which means it can be commuted to life imprisonment if at that time shows good behavior.

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