Ex-Chinese mayor sentenced to 15 yrs for bribery

A Chinese court has sentenced a former mayor of Jiangsu Province’s capital, Nanjing, to 15 years in prison for taking bribes, state media report.

Ji Jianye, a former mayor of Jiangsu province capital, Nanjing (© AP)
Ji Jianye, a former mayor of Jiangsu province capital, Nanjing (© AP)

The Yantai Intermediate People’s Court in Shandong Province in the country’s east handed down the term to Ji Jianye on Tuesday after he was found guilty of accepting 11.32 million yuan (1.8 million dollars), China Daily said.

The court said Ji received the money directly or through relatives and friends from seven individuals and organizations between 1999 and 2012 in exchange for assisting in obtaining construction project contracts and job transfers.

Chinese disciplinary authorities arrested Ji in October 2013 and his wife, “some mistresses, a driver as well as real estate developers who were in close relationships with him have also been included in the investigation,” according to the newspaper.

Ji became the first provincial-level official to face investigation as part of President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, known as “tigers and flies.”

The president in 2012 launched a campaign to go after both heavy-weight and low-profile corrupt officials, pledging to pull no punches in purging the ruling party of them.

Xi and other leaders have warned that rampant fraud threatens the party’s decades-long sway.

The anti-graft campaign has ensnared a number of senior figures, including Zhou Yongkang, a former member of China’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.

Lan Weijie, a former deputy commander of Hubei Military Region, was reportedly sentenced to life imprisonment by Guangzhou Military Court in January for taking bribes, possessing large amounts of property from unidentified sources and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

It was also reported recently that a Chinese court had given a 17-year jail term to Ni Fake, a former deputy governor of the eastern province of Anhui, on charges of accepting around 13 million yuan (2.1 million dollars) in bribes.