Corruption in China

Shanghai jailer tried for accepting jailed tycoon's bribes

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 14 July, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 14 July, 2007, 12:00am

Shanghai had tried a former jailer of business tycoon Chau Ching-ngai on charges of accepting bribes in return for favourable treatment Oriental Outlook magazine said in its latest issue, adding that three other officials would be tried.

Chau, a property developer once ranked as the mainland's 11th richest man, served a three-year term for manipulating stock prices and falsifying registered capital of his companies and is awaiting a second trial for giving bribes and falsifying tax invoices.

He has been linked to former Shanghai party secretary Chen Liangyu , who was removed from office last year for corruption.

The Shanghai No2 Intermediate People's Court held a two-hour trial last month for Yu Jinbao, who was Chau's direct supervisor at the city's Tilanqiao Prison. Court officials could not be reached for comment.

Prosecutors said Yu made favourable reports about Chau and recommended his sentence be reduced, the magazine reported. Relatives of Chau directed business towards his wife's decorating company.

Chau also received special treatment, including being excused from working. He was allowed to stay in Yu's air-conditioned office, watching television and making phone calls. His meals were delivered to him and he also enjoyed greater rights to receive visitors - up to eight or nine times a week.

Outlook did not name the other three officials. But a report in Caijing magazine said the former head of the Shanghai Detention Centre, Huang Jian, was arrested for accepting 490,000 yuan in bribes to give Chau and two relatives lenient treatment. Wang Zhengming, a former official of the Shanghai Prison Administrative Bureau, had also been arrested, Caijing said.

Chau will soon face trial, around the time as Shanghai tries several officials linked to a case involving embezzlement of the city's pension fund, which toppled the party secretary. A city government spokeswoman declined to comment on Chau's case but confirmed the matter had been passed to the judiciary.