Former official jailed for abuse of power
Updated: 2006-04-04 15:27
Li Dachang, former vice governor of southwest China's Sichuan Province, was
sentenced on Tuesday for a seven-year jail term after being convicted of abuse
The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's
Court heard that Li, as vice provincial governor, had been appointed head of a
team assigned to resolve a contract dispute for a power station project in
The post included responsibility for a fund to meet compensation claims
related to the project.
From December 1999 to January 2000, Li was persuaded by Cong Gang and An
Guosheng to give money from the fund to the China Sichuan International
Cooperation Company Ltd.
Li breached the fund management guidelines set by the State Council, or the
central government, and violated the Sichuan provincial law by concealing the
expenditure and fraudulently withdrawing funds.
Cong Gang and An Guosheng spent the money, running up losses of 5.05 million
US dollars, of which approximately 1.2 million US dollars was later recovered.
The judges found that Li, in his capacity as a civil servant, was guilty of
fraud for personal gain, resulting in serious losses of state assets. They
acknowledged that the abuse of office was at the more serious end of the scale,
which was taken into consideration in sentencing.