Six senior officials jailed for corruption
Updated: 2006-03-11 10:42
Six provincial-level or ministerial-level officials were sentenced to prison
for corruption in 2005, Chief Justice Xiao Yang said Saturday.
Chinese courts heard 24,277 cases of embezzlement, bribery and dereliction of
duty, and sentenced 1,932 officials above the county level to prison, Xiao,
president of the Supreme People's Court, said in a work report to the
National People's Congress.
"Of the convicted, six were provincial or ministerial officials, 178 were
prefecture level officials," said Xiao.
president of the Supreme People's Court, delivers a work report to the
National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing
Saturday March 11, 2006. [Xinhua]
The most notorious convicted provincial or ministerial level officials were
Tian Fengshan, former minister of land and resources who were sentenced to life
imprisonment, and Han Guizhi, former chairman of Heilongjiang Provincial
Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, who was
given death penalty with a two-year reprieve.
Observers said while the number of convicted provincial level officials in
2005 remained the same as in 2004, the number of guilty county level official
rose from 458 to 1,748 and prefecturelevel official from 73 to 178.