Corruption in China

Former party boss won't appeal sentence

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 April, 2008, 12:00am

Former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu will not appeal against his 18-year jail term, says his lawyer, Gao Zicheng .

'Chen has still not said whether he will appeal, so I think he will give up because of the 10-day time limit,' Mr Gao said yesterday. According to the mainland's Criminal Procedure Law, Chen had until midnight yesterday to submit an appeal.

Chen, 62, is the highest-ranking official to be dumped from the Politburo in more than a decade. In a ruling issued on April 11, the Tianjin No2 Intermediate People's Court ordered him to serve the term and confiscated 300,000 yuan (HK$334,917) in personal assets.

Chen was found guilty of taking nearly 2.4 million yuan in bribes and abusing his power in relation to project approvals, business deals and job promotions during his time as Huangpu district government head and Shanghai party secretary from 1988 to 2006.

Chen helped to siphon billions of yuan from the city's pension fund to Zhang Rongkun , an executive of Fuxi Investment, to take over the operation rights of a section of the Shanghai-Hangzhou Highway.

Zhang, who was handed 19 years in jail by a court in Jilin this month, has appealed against the sentence. He was convicted of bribing officials, manipulating stock prices and fraudulently issuing bonds.

The court seized 1.6 billion yuan of his assets and fined his company 300 million yuan.