CHINA Former provincial legislator sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking bribes

CHINA

Former provincial legislator sentenced to 15 years in jail for taking bribes

Xinhua

21:53, June 24, 2020

JINAN, June 24 (Xinhua) - A former senior legislator of north China's Shanxi Province was sentenced to 15 years in prison Wednesday for taking bribes.

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The Intermediate People's Court of Zibo City in eastern Shandong Province also fined Zhang Maocai 6 million yuan (about 840,000 U.S. dollars).

All of Zhang's illicit wealth has been confiscated and will be turned over to the national treasury, according to the verdict.

The court found that between 2002 and 2018, Zhang took undue advantage of his various positions in Shanxi or the convenience associated with his status to assist certain organizations and individuals with their business operations, project contracting and job promotion or transfer. In return, Zhang accepted money and valuables worth over 72.4 million yuan, according to the court.

The court said it has given the defendant a lenient punishment because he confessed to his crimes and surrendered his illicit gains. 

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