Sunday, January 24, 2021

Former Chinese legislator sentenced to 15 years in prison for bribery

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Xiang Lili, a former senior legislator of central China’s Hunan Province, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday for taking bribes.

Xiang, a former vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Provincial People’s Congress of Hunan, was also fined 6 million yuan (about 847,000 U.S. dollars), according to the trial verdict of the Intermediate People’s Court of Liuzhou in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The illicit gains that Xiang had received in the form of bribes, as well as any interest arising from them, will be turned over to the national treasury.

The court found that Xiang took advantage of his posts in Hunan between 2001 and 2018 to assist organizations and individuals in land development, enterprise restructuring, project contracting and other affairs.

In return, Xiang accepted over 66.67 million yuan’s worth of money and valuables between 2003 and 2019, according to the verdict.

Xiang was given a lenient punishment since he confessed to his crimes, pled guilty, showed repentance, and willingly surrendered his illicit gains, said the court.

Xiang said he accepted the sentencing and would not appeal.

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