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Corrupt Shanghai official gets reprieved death

A former district leader in Shanghai was sentenced to death today with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes of 15.47 million yuan (US$2.45million), the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled this morning.

Chen Meng, former vice mayor of Putuo District, was sacked last September, seven months after his promotion, when disciplinary inspectors found him guilty of bribery.

Prosecutors said Chen, 49, took advantage of his position as vice mayor of Songjiang District between January 2003 and February 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 transaction.

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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