A SENIOR Zhuhai-based banker found guilty of corruption was jailed for life yesterday. Lin Baipei, former governor of the Zhuhai branch of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, was one of seven senior cadres sent to prison at the end of a major anti-graft campaign in the city. More than 1,000 people gathered at Zhuhai's Intermediate People's Court to hear Lin convicted of taking bribes of more than 376,097 yuan (about HK$350,000) between 1992 and 1994. The court also handed down suspended death penalties to Xu Biao and Deng Ping, respectively the deputy general manager and credit clerk of the Zhuhai Trust and Investment Corporation. Four other department heads and two employees of a local state-owned enterprise were jailed from eight to 13 years. They included Zhong Yuping, former head of State Land Bureau in Doumen county, who was convicted of taking bribes of 810,000 yuan. Lin was arrested in July last year in connection with a series of approvalsof 'problematic' loans to various companies, allegedly costing the state up to 11 million yuan. When he finally went on trial last month, he denied charges of corruption and negligence of duty claiming he was being made a scapegoat in the national anti-graft campaign. However, he was convicted of having approved a loan of 15 million yuan to a company in Doumen county in exchange for the company's six million yuan grant to his son to buy land. The court heard the plot was then sold to another company under Lin's bank for 29 million yuan, but the bank later found it could not obtain authorisation to use the land. Having praised government efforts for netting the corrupt officials, Party Secretary Liang Guangda vowed to step up efforts to sweep decadence from the administration in the run-up to Lunar New Year. Speaking after yesterday's public condemnation, he said: 'Gift-taking and banquets are forbidden, particularly those involving purchase coupons and gold credit cards, which are equivalent to illicit transfers of property.' In an unprecedented admission, Mr Liang said excessive and reckless fee collection by corrupt officials was 'serious' in the Special Economic Zone. They were often affiliated to organised crime syndicates, he said, adding that the authorities were launching an all-out offensive against the malpractice. During the public condemnation, the Zhuhai Communist Party also announced the expulsion of 11 party members, including Lin and Xu, for being linked to financial scandals. The Government claimed it had investigated 99 suspected economic crimes involving 111 people this year. Meanwhile, a deputy mayor of Nanjing was recently arrested for taking bribes, state radio reported. Zhong Yuhui was removed from his post by the city's People Congress and arrested by the procurator of Jiangsu province.