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University official gets life for bribery

A FORMER top official of a university in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has been jailed for life for taking 1.14 million yuan (US$166,959) in bribes over a large building project.

Guangxi Higher People's Court handed down its verdict on Zhao Yonghua, former vice principal of Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Nanguo Morning Post reported yesterday.

The case involved another seven officials and led to police solving 24 bribery cases, according to the newspaper.

Zhao, 46, had been chief of the university's new Yaoshan campus project headquarters since 2004. The campus, developed in three stages, is valued at 1.2 billion yuan.

During his tenure, he took 400,000 yuan from a design company to help it win jobs valued at 10 million yuan.

He also took 390,000 yuan from a company manager surnamed Jiang to help his firm win construction deals worth 30 million yuan.


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