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Former Pudong official gets life

FORMER Pudong New Area Deputy Director Kang Huijun was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for accepting millions of yuan in bribes and holding properties he couldn't account for.

The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court also sentenced Kang's wife, Wang Xiaoqin, to a five-year term for taking bribes.

The court said Kang accepted more than 5.9 million yuan (US$862,573) in bribes and Wang raked in more than 880,000 yuan.

Kang also acquired 12.1 million yuan worth of property that did not come through legal channels, the court found.

It ordered the couple to return illegal gains and confiscated all of Kang's personal property and 600,000 yuan worth of property held by Wang.

The court said Kang, 52, who earned the nickname "Pudong's landlord," helped enrich individuals and companies by arranging executive positions, project contracts and land transactions from January 1993 to September 2007. In return, Kang received bribes or was allowed to buy property for well below the market price.

Kang was appointed deputy director of the Pudong New Area government and also Communist Party secretary of the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone in 2004. Before that, he headed the Lujiazui Group and the Shanghai Lujiazui Finance and Trade Zone Development Co Ltd. For six years he was in charge of all major land deals and transactions in the Lujiazui area.

According to the verdict, Kang assisted Yanlord Land Group Ltd with project approvals and land deals from 1993 to 1998. Yanlord then allowed Kang to buy a 300-square-meter apartment in the Yandlord Garden for 4.89 million yuan below market price.

In addition, Kang took advantage of his position to arrange for at least three people to become senior executives of companies under the Lujiazui development group from 1993 to 2006, the court said. Kang also accepted bribes for helping real estate companies gain land-use rights, according to the verdict.

The court also learned that Kang owned 14 properties valued at more than 14.2 million yuan. The court said it decided to show leniency in sentencing because Kang surrendered to police and returned all the illicit income.


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