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Jail term for ministry man who leaked exam

A FORMER senior official of the Ministry of Justice has been sentenced to five and a half years in jail for taking bribes and leaking national judicial exam questions and answers, the procuratorate of east China's Zhejiang Province said yesterday.

Lin Jiandong, former °?director of a supervision office in the ministry, was convicted of accepting bribes and leaking state secrets by the Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court on Monday.

Lin, who participated in setting the examination paper, first gave questions and answers in July 2007 to the daughter of a friend, Shi Yudan, who had twice failed the exam.

In China, those who want to be judicial officers or lawyers must pass the exam and get a certificate.

However, the questions and answers were spread to 22 other examinees by a seller of exam tips named Yu Shuquan. Yu got the exam questions from Shi's ex-boyfriend.

Lin leaked exam information again in August and September and took bribes totaling 40,000 yuan (US$5,851) from a court clerk and a law official employee.

It is not known yet whether Lin plans to appeal against the ruling or not.

Thirteen others, including the exam tips seller and examinees, have been sentenced to between six months and four and a half years.


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