Ex-Party Boss in China Gets 18 Years (Update)

The New York Times reports on Chen Liangyu, saying “His downfall, after China’s top leaders decided to challenge his lock on power in his prosperous and politically powerful coastal city, is the fallout of an elite political struggle. It also exposed the prevalence of corrupt activities among Communist Party bosses.”

See AP’s report:

The former Communist Party chief of China’s financial capital was sentenced Friday to 18 years in prison for his role in a massive corruption scandal involving a third of the city’s pension funds.

Chen Liangyu, who also was a member of China’s powerful 24-seat Politburo, was the highest-level Chinese official to be dismissed in a decade. The official Xinhua News Agency said Chen was locked up “for taking bribes and abusing power.”

Chen’s lawyer, Gao Zicheng, indicated Chen would appeal. “If Chen appeals, it’s not over,” he said, declining further comment. Chen was sentenced in Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court.

Read also Former Shanghai Party chief Chen Liangyu sentenced to 18 years in jail by Xinhua.

April 11, 2008 9:41 PM
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