Senior Guangdong judge gets life sentence for corruption

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 June, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 June, 2010, 12:00am

A senior judge with the Guangdong Higher People's Court, who was said to be linked to billionaire Wong Kwong-yu, was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday by a Hebei court for bribe-taking and other corruption.

Yang Xiancai , 59, former director of the Guangdong court's executive bureau, was convicted of receiving bribes of more than 11 million yuan (HK$12.55 million) from a Shenzhen-based company and some Guangdong-based lawyers between 1996 and 2008, the Baoding Intermediate People's Court ruled, according to China News Service yesterday.

The report said the court found Yang's family assets totalled more than 34 million yuan, which included the bribes he received and legal income of about 7 million yuan. But Yang, who was charged with taking advantage of his position to seek projects for a favoured company and individuals, could not explain the legal sources of the rest of his assets, which are worth more than 16 million yuan, the report said.

Yang's case was the first of an anti-graft campaign targeting former Guangdong judges and senior officials in the enforcement and judicial system. Fourteen of his former colleagues at the higher court have been expelled from the Communist Party, discharged as public servants, faced legal charges or were given internal punishment last year for their involvement in the scandal.

The scandal, triggered by the arrest of Wong in late 2008, also brought down Huang Songyou, former vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, who worked in the Guangdong court system for about 20 years before he was promoted to Beijing in 2002.

Huang was sentenced to life imprisonment in January, also by a Hebei court, for taking bribes and corruption.

Wong, known on the mainland as Huang Guangyu, was sentenced to 14 years in prison last month for bribery, insider trading and illegal business dealings.