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Ex-Putuo director jailed for 14 years

FORMER Putuo District director Cai Zhiqiang was jailed for 14 years yesterday for accepting 2.84 million yuan (US$416,031) in bribes.

Cai was also fined 200,000 yuan by the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court.

Cai, 46, went into court all smiles, exchanging winks with his relatives and lawyer.

He kept the smile but eyes turned red and remained silent after hearing the verdict.

The court said it had given Cai a lighter sentence because he confessed to all the incidents of bribery, many of them unknown to police, and returned all ill-gotten gains.

Cai took advantage of various government positions, culminating in his director's appointment, between 1999 to 2009 to help company owners gain profits.

Property scams

He accepted 290,000 yuan from Zhang Linchang, owner of Ziyuan Real Estate from 2000 to 2007.

Cai helped Zhang and family members move their permanent residence registration from Xiangshan County in Zhejiang Province to Shanghai.

He also assisted Zhang in getting development rights to a plot of land in Putuo District's Changfeng Commercial Area at a low price of 3,800 yuan per square meter.

Shanghai International Auto City Talent Service Center presented Cai with a Passat sedan valued at 312,000 yuan in September 2002 after he allowed the firm to expand its business scope.

Cai received his biggest bribes - totaling 1.13 million yuan and 10,000 Australian dollars (US$8,993) - from 2005 to 2009 from Wang Yuexiang, owner of Shanghai Hongquan Group.

At the end of 2008, Cai granted approval for Hongquan to set up Putuo Baoxiang Small Loans, a pilot company that enjoyed favorable government policies.

In 2006, Cai helped Shanghai Juwei Industrial Development get property certificates for booths of a department store building.

Juwei owner Tang Hui gave Cai 50,000 euros (US$68,270) and 100,000 yuan in cash from 2006 to 2009.

From 2007 to 2008, Cai accepted 60,000 yuan from Jin Baogen after he helped Jin's firm win a construction project for the district's library.

Also during the period, Cai received 50,000 Australian dollars and 50,000 yuan from Gao Hua for allowing him to construct an office building.


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