Senior official jailed 12 years for taking millions in bribes
A former senior official at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange was sentenced to 12 years in jail for taking bribes, according to a mainland newspaper report.
The Beijing No 2 Intermediate People's Court said in the verdict that Xu Mangang, who was head of the administration's supervision and inspection department, had received bribes worth nearly 3 million yuan (HK$3.42 million) from three companies between 2005 and 2008, the Beijing Times reported yesterday.
His sentencing date was not issued. An employee in the court's publicity office said only the judges had such information but declined to give the judges' contact information.
Xu was the latest official jailed for involvement in a scandal triggered by the arrest of Guo Jingyi, the former deputy administrator of the Ministry of Commerce's treaty and law department.
Xu had co-operated with Guo to help a private energy company solve its problem of illegally using foreign exchange between 2005 and 2008, the verdict said.
In return, the company gave Xu a luxury watch and cash with a total value of 2.9 million yuan, but Guo reported him in August 2008 while under detention by the Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog.
Before he was detained at the end of 2008, Xu said in his statement of repentance, he planned to return the bribes to the energy company, but Guo reported him before he could do so. 'I selected friends carelessly,' the report quoted Xu as saying.
Guo was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve last month for receiving bribes of 8.45 million yuan. His fall has also brought down nearly a half-dozen senior officials with different ministries since mid-2008.
Deng Zhan, a retired deputy administrator of the Ministry of Commerce's foreign investment department, was sentenced to 12 years for receiving bribes, and Zhang Yudong , a Beijing-based lawyer and a close friend of Guo, was sentenced to five years for bribery.
Figures detained or arrested in Guo's case include Liu Wei, former deputy chief for foreign investment registration at the State Administration for Industry and Commerce; Du Baozhong, former senior official at the Ministry of Commerce's treaty and law department; Zou Lin, former State Administration of Foreign Exchange general affairs department head; and Liu Yang, Zhang's former colleague.
The prominent magazine Caijing reported that Xu was believed to have known Guo and three other officials when they were arbiters at the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
It called the group of criminals and suspects a 'new elite alliance' in the most recent issue.