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China jails former party chief of Urumqi for corruption

Iran Press TV

Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:20AM

A court has sentenced a former chief of China's Communist Party from the northwestern city of Urumqi to 12 years in prison over corruption.

On Wednesday, a court in the Chinese capital, Beijing, found Yang Gang guilty of abusing his power while in office in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, and assisting others in promotions and winning contracts.

The court added that Yang received 13.79 million yuan (USD 2.10 million) in bribes. The money was channeled through his wife and son.

Yang was arrested last year. He served as the Communist Party secretary between 1999 and 2006.

The court stated that Yang has confessed to his crimes and even helped the investigators and therefore received a lighter sentence.

Several Chinese officials have been jailed over the past three years after President Xi Jinping took office and launched an anti-fraud campaign.

In April 2015, former top security official, Zhou Yongkang, was sentenced to life in jail after being charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets. He played a crucial role in China's oil industry and accumulated vast power as he became a member of the Communist Party's elite Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), China's top decision-making body.

Several of Zhou's allies were also arrested as part of the anti-corruption campaign, among them Jiang Jiemin, the former head of China's state-owned assets watchdog.

In July 2015, Ling Jihua, a senior aide to retired President Hu Jintao, was imprisoned for accepting bribes, wrongly obtaining state secrets and committing adultery. Former senior economic official, Liu Tienan, was jailed in 2014 for life for taking millions of dollars in bribes.

Former secretary of China's Chongqing Party, Bo Xilai, also received a life in prison sentence in 2013 for fraud.

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