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Court confirms death decisions on 2 officials

THE Higher People's Court in central China's Hunan Province yesterday upheld the sentences on two former local senior officials who were handed death penalties over bribery.

The court upheld the original verdict and sentenced the former Party chief of Hunan's Chenzhou City, Li Dalun, to death with a two-year reprieve and his deputy, Zeng Jinchun, to death for taking bribes and holding assets from unidentified sources.

Hunan's news portal,, reported the court's decision yesterday.

Li was found to have taken bribes worth nearly 14 million yuan (US$2.06 million) along with his wife and during Li's tenure from February 1999 to May 2006. They were also found in possession of nearly 18 million yuan from unidentified sources.

Zeng was found guilty of taking bribes of more than 31 million yuan from the second half of 1997 to September 2006 and for being in possession of more than 9.5 million yuan in assets from unidentified sources, the court said.

Zeng is also the former head of Chenzhou committee's disciplinary inspection section. His family members were involved in the bribery case and were punished in a separate case.

Li got two years reprieve as he confessed to most of his crimes not solved by police.

Zeng is regarded as "the greediest person in Chenzhou City," according to the report.

People lit fireworks to celebrate the news of his capture.


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