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China’s Former Energy Chief Gets Life in Prison for Bribery

Posted December 10, 2014

Under Economic Issues, International Trade Issues

(Bloomberg News)

The former head of China’s energy agency was sentenced to life imprisonment for taking 36 million yuan ($5.8 million) in bribes to approve projects, a Chinese court said.

Liu Tienan, 60, who ran the National Energy Administration, admitted to taking a lesser sum of 19 million yuan, according to postings on Langfang City Intermediate People’s Court’s microblog. Liu and his son Liu Decheng took the money from 2002 to 2012, receiving it in stocks, cars, cash, and a phantom job for his son drew a salary, it said. The court ordered the confiscation of all Liu’s personal assets. [...]

Liu is the latest “tiger” to be punished in President Xi Jinping’s two-year anti-corruption campaign to bolster his power base and curb the graft that he’s warned could erode the party’s legitimacy. More than 80,000 officials have been punished for breaking party rules, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said last week. Read more here.