Shanghai official gets death sentence for corrupt payments

SHANGHAI, China: A former land use official in Shanghai has been sentenced to death as an investigation into bribe-taking in return for real estate approvals winds down in China’s biggest city, reports said Friday.

However, the court ordered the actual execution be “suspended” for two years, the reports said. Such sentences in China are usually commuted to life imprisonment.

Yin and his wife, Chen Wei, who was sentenced to seven years, were convicted of taking bribes worth about US$5 million in 2000-2004, Xinhua said. It said Yin also failed to account for the sources of assets for more than 4 million yuan (about US$600 million).

China’s business capital has seen a number of top officials and business leaders punished recently in corruption scandals, including the sentencing in April of the city’s former Communist Party chief, Chen Liangyu, to 18 years in prison for his role in a pension fund scandal.

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