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Corrupt former Jilin official jailed

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 May, 2009, 12:00am

A former deputy mayor in Jilin province yesterday joined the seemingly endless list of mainland officials to be thrown into jail for corruption.

Yu Guohua was convicted on multiple charges of bribery, possession of unaccountable valuable assets, and possession of firearms. Yu was sentenced to life imprisonment by Changchun Intermediate Court. He was also stripped of his political rights and assets.

Yu was found to have accepted nearly 7.5 million yuan (HK$8.50 million) in bribes and failed to account for 10 million yuan worth of assets. Between 2002 and 2007 he served as party secretary of Huadian city, party committee member and vice-mayor of Jilin city, and chairman of Jilin city's Urban Infrastructure Development Company.

When he was first removed from his position in November 2007 there were reports he was disciplined for keeping mistresses, but there was no mention of this in yesterday's verdict. Bribes, mistresses and triad connections have been common threads in a series of high-profile cases.

Jilin province has been hit by a string of corruption cases. The number two in the provincial people's congress was removed in March, and officials were implicated in a scandal over bribes from mine owners.

A survey in February found that corruption was the issue netizens would most like to raise with Premier Wen Jiabao .