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Former vice-governor sentenced for bribery | Updated: 2019-11-19 19:56

Miao Ruilin, former vice governor of East China's Jiangsu province, was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison for bribery by the Qingdao Intermediate People's Court in Shandong province on Tuesday. Miao was also fined 700,000 yuan ($99,700).

The 55-year-old decided not to appeal, according to a media release from the court.

Miao took advantage of various positions he held from 2005 to 2016, including mayor and Party secretary of Suqian in Jiangsu and mayor of Jiangsu's capital Nanjing, to provide assistance for individuals and organizations in matters of enterprise project approvals, project contracts, school admissions and employment.

He collected illicit gains of 7.2 million yuan either by accepting properties himself or through his wife. The bribery will be confiscated and turned over to the national treasury, according to the court.

The court said the man was given lenient punishment, as he confessed and provided additional information about his crimes, pleaded guilty, expressed remorse at his trial and all of his illegal gains have been recovered.

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