China sentenced a former senior provincial official to 11 years in jail for taking bribes, state media reported on Tuesday, adding to the toll of cadres punished in the Communist Party’s anti-corruption drive.
The former deputy Communist Party secretary of coal-rich Shanxi province in northern China, Hou Wujie (‰æØ‰ºçÊù∞), was sentenced by a Beijing court on Monday, the China News Agency reported.
China’s President, Hu Jintao, has warned that widespread official corruption is undermining public acceptance of Communist Party rule, and over the weekend the party’s top anti-corruption official again chastised officials. [Full Text]
Also Binzhou Top Official Down – Chinese Press:
Former Binzhou City Party Secretary Li Dalun (ÊùéÂ§ß‰º¶) of Hunan Province was sacked and also stripped of provincial people’s congress delegateship, according to a public notice issued on July 31 by a standing committee meeting of Hunan provincial congress.
Earlier, Li was detained under investigation, or shuanggui (ÂèåËßÑ). Now 56, he headed agricultural work for the province and was party secretary of Xiangxi prefecture. [Full Text in Chinese]
Downfall of Binzhou’s top official triggered the arrests of 158 other local officials, including the city’s propaganda chief, land and mineral resources chief, etc. See Chinese report here.