Chinese mayor given 11-year jail for bribery

Beijing, Nov 13 (IANS) The former vice mayor of a city in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang region has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking bribes, a local court ruled on Friday.

The Intermediate People’s Court of Fangchenggang city also confiscated 400,000 yuan ($62,650) of Lu Qinhua’s personal property.

Lu, former vice mayor of Qinzhou city, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes of 5.56 million yuan from 2003 to 2014.

A total of 5.06 million yuan was seized, the court said in a statement, and authorities were pressing for the remaining 500,000 yuan.

Born in 1962, Lu became Qinzhou’s vice mayor in December 2010. He was investigated for “serious disciplinary violations” in June 2014.

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