Suzhou vice-mayor gets death for bribery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 October, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 October, 2008, 12:00am

A court in Jiangsu has sentenced a former vice-mayor of Suzhou , in the east of the province, to death for taking more than 108 million yuan (HK$122.87 million) in bribes, state media reported.

The Nanjing Intermediate People's Court ruled that Jiang Renjie , 60, accepted bribes from five property companies in Suzhou between 2001 and 2004, Xinhua said. Jiang appealed soon after the verdict yesterday.

A native of Hubei province , Jiang became Suzhou vice-mayor in February 2001. He made his last public appearance in July 2004, days after Suzhou hosted a Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting he helped organise. To prepare for the Unesco meeting, Suzhou invested 10 billion yuan on road reconstruction and beautification of its ancient gardens.

In 2003, Suzhou invested more than 3 billion yuan in highways.

Media reports said Jiang had misappropriated government funds. He also allegedly auctioned state-owned land held by a company that he founded in 2002. Authorities began investigating him in August 2004.

Last Saturday, a former Beijing vice-mayor was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve.