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Official and family 'were paid $387m'

Updated: 2015-04-02 07:44
By China Daily (China Daily)

Total disclosed in new report is much higher than earlier figure

A former energy chief and members of his family allegedly received more than 2.4 billion yuan ($387 million) in bribes, a business magazine reported on Wednesday.

The figure is much greater than the amount the official was said to have taken at his trial.

Liu Tienan, 60, the former head of the National Energy Administration and ex-deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, was sentenced to life imprisonment for accepting bribes worth 35.5 million yuan at a Hebei provincial court on Dec 10. He did not appeal to a higher court.

Caijing magazine reported that a prosecutor's document posted on the website of the Hebei Federation of Trade Unions on Jan 5 revealed that the securities allegedly received by Liu and his family were worth more than 2.4 billion yuan.

The document was forwarded by the union's disciplinary body so officers could download and study it. It revealed that Liu and his family owned five houses, including properties in Beijing, Qingdao in Shandong province and Taiyuan in Shanxi province, the report said.

Liu had nine luxury watches, five pieces of art including Chinese paintings, and 12 foreign passports, the report said, adding that he carried 12 flight tickets with him.

The document, which was attached to a notice published by the union, was written by a prosecutor in Hebei. It said cases such Liu's shared similar characteristics, namely than when one man was investigated, a series of other suspects would emerge one after the other, the report said.

The document also contains financial details concerning other ex-officials who have been investigated, according to the report. Gu Junshan, the former head of the PLA General Logistics Department, who was prosecuted in March last year, allegedly took bribes worth more than 20 billion yuan, the report added.

Another official mentioned in the document is Wei Pengyuan, the former deputy director of the coal office at the National Energy Administration, who came under investigation in April last year. His case involves 330 million yuan cash and real estate, according to Caijing magazine.

Others who received huge amounts

Bo Xilai, a former member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China's Central Committee, was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 for corruption, bribery and abuse of power. Bo was convicted of taking 20.44 million yuan ($3.3 million) of bribes.

Liu Zhijun, former railways minister, was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve in July 2013 for accepting 64.6 million yuan of bribes and abuse of power.

Ni Fake, former vice-governor of Anhui province, known for his appetite for jade and art, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for taking more than 13 million yuan in bribes.

Li Daqiu, former vice-chairman of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region's committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for taking bribes worth 10.95 million yuan in October.

(China Daily 04/02/2015 page5)

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