Former police officer given death penalty

Updated: 2010-09-21 22:51
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GUANGZHOU - A former city police chief in South China's Guangdong province was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve on Tuesday for accepting bribes.

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The Intermediate People's Court of Heyuan city convicted Ye Shuyang, former chief of the Public Security Bureau in Shaoguan city, of pocketing bribes worth more than $2.57 million.

Ye, 54, accepted the bribes between 2001 and 2008 when he served in a variety of Communist Party of China (CPC) and administrative posts in Guangdong.

In return for the bribes, he abused his authority and assisted suspects avoid investigation and protected gambling and prostitution rings. He also interfered in commercial activities to benefit others in return for money.

Ye could not explain the source of assets worth more than 16 million yuan ($2.4 million).

The court also confiscated all of Ye's property.

Ye was stripped of his post in October 2008 and stood trial on Jan 20.

Ye's nephew, Jiang Haiwen, was sentenced to five years in prison by the same court for taking 280,000 yuan($41,744) in bribes while acting as a go-between for Ye and bribe-givers.