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Former China county boss receives suspended death sentence for bribery

04-07-2011 09:14 BJT

LANZHOU, April 6 (Xinhua) -- A court in northwest China's Gansu Province on Wednesday sentenced a former county boss to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes.

The Intermediate People's Court of Baiyin City also ordered the confiscation of the former official's personal assets and deprived his political rights.

Wang Xianmin, the former Communist Party chief of Dangchang County in Longnan City, was found guilty of accepting 10.5 million yuan (1.6 million U.S. dollars) in bribes from construction contractors and his subordinates.

Wang also had 3.5 million yuan worth of assets which he could not account for, according to the verdict.

However, he was given a lighter sentence because he confessed to his crimes, which he committed between 2006 and 2010, and returned the illegal earnings, the verdict said.

Wang said he would appeal the first-trial verdict.

In China, suspended death sentences are usually commuted to life imprisonment if the prisoner does not commit any further offense over the next two years.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: Xinhua

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