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18 years' jail for former police chief

A FORMER police chief in southwestern China has been jailed for 18 years for illegally selling explosives and accepting bribes.

The Yunnan Province Higher People's Court announced the verdict after an appeal by Kang Tianxiang, 43, the former public security bureau director of Yunnan's Yiliang County, Metropolis Times reported yesterday.

Kang had been given a life sentence by a lower court but the higher court reduced it because it said the explosives were sold to licensed mines and no harm had been caused. Kang had returned 1.05 million yuan (US$153,623) illegally acquired, the court said.

The court heard that Kang had arranged for his colleagues to sell 25 tons of explosives to mine owners in March 2003. He made a profit of 70,042 yuan, took 840,000 yuan in bribes and made illegal profits with money borrowed from mine owners.


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