Ex-Shanghai Party Boss Accepts 18-year Jail Term

From Reuters:

Shanghai’s disgraced Communist Party chief, jailed for 18 years this month for corruption, has decided not to appeal, state media said on Tuesday.

Chen Liangyu was found guilty of taking bribes and abuse of power by a court in the northern port city of Tianjin on April 11, becoming the most senior Chinese official imprisoned for graft in a decade. He had been held since 2006.

Chen did not file an appeal in the 10-day period he was allowed and the sentence had thus taken “legal effect”, China Central Television said.

The court also confiscated 300,000 yuan ($42,900) of Chen’s assets, but cleared him of a charge of dereliction of duty.

Read also Former Shanghai chief not to appeal by Xinhua.

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