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Former deputy mayor gets 12 years' jail for bribery

By CAO YIN | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-01-22 14:30

Jiang Baohong, former deputy mayor of Wuwei, Gansu province, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined 1 million yuan ($144.615) for bribery by a local court on Wednesday.

Dingxi Intermediate People's Court also ordered that Jiang's illicit gains be confiscated and turned over to the national treasury.

It said Jiang made use of her work positions, including being director of Wuwei's development and reform commission and the city's deputy mayor, to help others and then asked for 14.18 million yuan, $20,000 and 300 grams of gold in return.

"Jiang's behavior constituted the crime of bribery and she should be given harsher punishment because she asked for the bribes," the court said in the verdict.

"But given that the defendant pleaded guilty, confessed to a majority of offenses investigators had not known about, exposed others' crimes and returned parts of bribes, we made the decision to punish her leniently."

Jiang, a 45-year-old native of Heilongjiang province, started her career as an official in a district-level court in Lanzhou, Gansu's provincial capital, in 1997.

She became director of Wuwei's development and reform commission in 2013 and the city's deputy mayor three years later.

She was placed under investigation for seriously violating Party disciplines and State laws in August 2018 and dismissed from her Party and public positions in January last year. She went on trial in August.

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