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Vice-mayor sentenced to death for bribe-taking
By Xie Chunjiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-01-14 00:00

Former vice-mayor of Qingdao Wang Yan, also Party secretary of the city's Laoshan District, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes of almost 5 million yuan (US$600,000).

The ruling was handed down by the Intermediate People's Court of Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong Province, in a first-instance trial on Tuesday morning.

Wang was also deprived of his political rights for life and had all his personal property seized.

Court investigations found that when Wang was in the posts of deputy Party secretary of Laoshan District and later Party secretary of the district, as well as vice-mayor of Qingdao, he accepted 24 bribes worth 4.96 million yuan (US$600,000) from 14 companies or units.

Between May 1999 and September 2003 in Laoshan, Wang helped the companies in land procedures, jobs, house-purchases and construction projects in blatant disregard of the law. To date only 370,000 yuan (US$44,700) of the money he made has been recovered.

Wang was arrested on October 18, 2003 and charged on October 31 after an investigation by the Anti-Corruption and Anti-Bribery Bureau of Shandong Provincial People's Procuratorate.

Officials in Shandong Procuratorate said the case showed the determination of the country to rectify land market order and standardize land transactions.

Sources with the local land regulating authorities say the Laoshan land-leasing case is one of the five major cases of this kind announced by the Ministry of Land and Resources, and Wang was one of the major wrongdoers. Other major players are expected to go on trial in the near future.

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