China: Life sentence handed to former Communist Party boss of Guangzhou city for corruption

Author(s): Divya Kishore | Date: September 30, 2016 | Language: English
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Wan Qingliang, the former Communist Party chief of the southern city of Guangzhou, was handed a life sentence over corruption charges by a Chinese court on Friday (30 September).
The court in Nanning announced the verdict after it was found that the former head was guilty of taking over ¥100m (£11.57m) in bribes, gifts and from extortion in exchange for help with promotions and project approvals. Qingliang is the latest official to fall in President Xi Jinping’s extensive drive against graft.
The court also stated that Qingliang had misused his position as the head of the Communist Party Youth League in the southern province of Guangdong in 2000.

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