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Bribe-taking official gets death penalty

A former top district official in Shanghai was sentenced to death yesterday with two-year reprieve for taking bribes exceeding 15.47 million yuan (US$2.45 million).

Chen Meng, former deputy chief of Putuo District, was sacked last September, seven months after his promotion, when disciplinary inspectors found him guilty of bribery. Prosecutors in Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said Chen, 49, took advantage of his position as deputy chief of Songjiang District between 2003 and 2011 to help others win construction contracts.

From 2004 to 2008, Chen received 11.27 million yuan from a company boss surnamed Ma for helping him with company registration and land transactions.

Chen also took 2.5 million yuan of public funds from a township official surnamed Shen in Songjiang District. In return, Chen approved several road and bridge projects in the town.

The court said Chen also received bribes from three other people and offered illegal help for their businesses. He spent some of the money to buy houses.

Before he worked in Songjiang, Chen had served as office director of the Jing'an District government, deputy Party secretary of Jing'an District Property Management Bureau, and general manager of Jing'an Properties Group.


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