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Chinese official sentenced to death on graft charges: Xinhua

Published on Jan 23, 2014 6:40 PM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese municipal official was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for accepting more than US$1 million (S$1.28 million) in bribes, the official news agency reported on Thursday, highlighting the government's efforts to crackdown on graft.

Zhou Jianhua had chaired the standing committee of the People's Congress of Xinyu city in the southern province of Jiangxi, Xinhua reported, citing the Jiangxi Higher People's Court.

It said Zhou had accepted 10.2 million yuan (S$2.16 million), tens of thousands of United States and Hong Kong dollars as well as three gold bars and objects worth 236,000 yuan. A higher court is currently handling a retrial of the case, Xinhua added.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has made fighting pervasive graft a priority since taking office last March and has warned, like others before him, that corruption threatens the ruling Communist Party's very survival.

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