Chinese court sentences former senior official to life term for graft

January 23, 2017 7:01 pm

The photo shows former senior Chinese official Su Rong.

A Chinese court has sentenced a former senior official to life in prison for corruption involving millions of dollars, judicial sources say.
The court verdict was issued Monday against Su Rong, 66, who was expelled from the ruling Communist Party last year for his role in a series of bribery scandals.
Judicial sources said that Su, 66, was also deprived of his political rights for life and he had given up all his personal assets. 
A statement on the verified social media site of the court in Jinan city, the capital of the eastern province of Shandong, said the former official was found guilty of bribery, abuse of power and possessing “huge amounts” of assets.
According to the statement, Su accepted 116 million yuan ($16.9 million) in bribes between 2002 and 2014 and possessed more than 80 million additional yuan of unknown provenance.
The official Xinhua agency said in announcing his expulsion from the Communist Party last February that Su was “one of the graft ‘tigers.”
Some Chinese media reports had earlier linked Su to corrupt land deals in Jiangxi Province during his time as party secretary there. 
Su is the latest high-profile convict in President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on graft. 
Xi launched a much-publicized drive against corruption after coming to power in 2012. The Chinese president has vowed to target both high-level “tigers” and low-ranking “flies.”
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