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Graft officials' sentences commuted

TWO former senior executives of a state-owned institute had their corruption sentences commuted by an appeal court yesterday.

He Xuxin, a former member of the Shanghai People's Political Consultative Conference and former deputy director of the Shanghai Instrument Research Institute, will escape criminal punishment for "a slight crime," the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said.

In the first-instance trial, He had been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling 127,000 yuan (US$19,301) in public property while general manager of Shanghai Haoshun Science Co Ltd, a company under the institute. He returned the money.

He's superior, Shi Aming, former Party secretary of the institute, was told he will serve four years for taking 100,000 yuan (US$15,198) in bribes offered by He.

Previously, Shi was sentenced to six years. The term was cut because he surrendered to prosecutors.


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