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Former village leader jailed on bribe charges

A FORMER village director was sentenced to 13 years in prison for accepting about 800,000 yuan (US$117,130) in bribes, Minhang District People's Court ruled yesterday.

Wu Shandi, 59, former Party secretary of Dongwu Village in Xinzhuang Town, was found guilty of taking advantage of his position to earn profits for some of his business partners and subordinates.

The court also ordered that 300,000 yuan of Wu's personal property be confiscated and that he return all of the bribe money.

Wu was assigned by the town's government to be general manager of Shanghai Xinwu Industrial Co, a collective company, and at the same time he held the Party secretary position. He held both jobs from 1992 to 2008.

He was supposed to manage the company's collective assets while receiving his salary from the government, the court was told.

From 1992 to 2001, Wu accepted 340,000 yuan and US$34,000 in bribes from two business partners. The bribes were referred to as his salary and bonus. In return, he offered business deals to the partners, prosecutors told the court.

From 1996 to 2002, Wu accepted a total of 220,000 yuan in "annual bonuses" from two subsidiaries of Shanghai Xinwu Industrial Co.

He was also given a Rolex watch valued at US$2,800 as a bribe.

Despite having confessed earlier in the case, Wu denied the bribery charge at trial.

He only admitted that he had received items valued at US$4,000 from an employee of a business partner.

He said it was reasonable to be rewarded for his hard work by the subsidiaries.

The court rejected Wu's argument.


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