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China Corruption Blotter (August 30, 2013)

Zhu Fulin, the former vice mayor of Zhejiang’s Jinhua city has been put on trial for taking bribes worth $2.58 million from real estate developers in exchange for awarding land deals. Zhu was placed under investigation last August along with his wife and bother-in-law. One of Zhu’s alleged bribe-givers was identified as Jinhua Zhengfang Group.

Li Zhizhen, former head and party secretary of Guangzhou Municipal Civil Affairs Bureau in Guangdong province, has been sentenced to 13 years imprisonment for accepting bribes and gifts worth $653,285. Alleged bribe-givers include Li’s former subordinates seeking job promotions and Guangzhou Tianlin Trade Development Co., Ltd.

Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region’s Higher People's Court upheld the death penalty of Song Wendai, former president of state-owned Inner Mongolia Qiankun Gold & Silver Refinery Share Co., Ltd. He had been convicted of embezzling public funds worth $10.6 million and misappropriating another $3.4 million to run his own business. Song received the death sentence last October and appealed his case to the higher courts.

The deputy party chief of state-owned Maanshan Iron & Steel Company Limited in Anhui province has been put on trial for taking bribes worth $496,634. Prosecutors accused Zhao Jianming of accepting and soliciting bribes from his subordinates and private enterprises to help them obtain job promotion or construction contracts. Zhao pleaded guilty and confessed to prosecutors.

Former president of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST), Xu Xiaoming, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking $184,416 in bribes. Prosecutors said Xu took bribes from Shanghai Jiao Da Onlly Co Ltd, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Science Park Co., Ltd and Shanghai Netcast Electronics Technology Co., Ltd during his term as president of USST, vice-president of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and chairman of university-owned companies.

Cui Aiguo, former director of the Civil Defense Bureau in Beijing’s Fengtai district, was tried for taking $169,829 in bribes from two property management companies and accepting three houses from a female investor He Xiaoyu, who sought civil defense projects. Cui denied the three houses were bribes, claiming instead that He was his mistress and the properties were bought jointly by them.


Hui Zhi is a Senior China Analyst with ethiXbase and the China Compliance Digest.