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Reprieved death sentence for former Moutai boss

THE former general manager of famous liquor maker Kweichow Moutai was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve today in southwest China's Guizhou Province for taking 13 million yuan (US$1.9 million) in bribes.

He also had huge assets that he couldn't explain how he had gained, Xinhua news agency reported.

Qiao Hong, 54, had all his personal property confiscated by the Zunyi Intermediate People's Court, the report said.

The court said Qiao took bribes on more than 100 occasions from 22 people between 2000 and March 2007 while the liquor maker's boss, amounting to 13.23 million yuan. He also took another 2.18 million yuan in bribes with his brother Qiao Jianhua.

He had assets valued at 8.2 million yuan of unknown sources. Qiao had admitted to most of the crimes and returned all the money involved in the cases, the court said.

Qiao's brother Qiao Jianhua was jailed for 11 years and had 500,000 yuan in personal assets confiscated.

Qiao was taken into custody in May 2007 for taking bribes from sponsors during the 2002 World Cup that was co-hosted by Japan and South Korea, earlier reports said.


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