Former China energy chief jailed for corruption

(From China Daily)

Jiang Jiemin, the former chairman of China National Petroleum Corp, the nation’s top energy group, and its listed firm, PetroChina, has been sentenced to 16 years in prison for graft, Chinese state television said Monday.

The screen grab of China Central Television shows Jiang Jiemin in court

The screen grab of China Central Television shows Jiang Jiemin in court

His personal property, worth one million yuan ($158,200), was confiscated.

Jiang said in court that he accepts the sentence and would not appeal.

He went on trial on April 13 at the Hubei Provincial Hanjiang Intermediate People’s Court.

Jiang, 60, was charged with bribery, abuse of power and owning properties that he could not have afforded from his legitimate earnings, according to the court.

Between 2004 and 2013, Jiang was the deputy general manager, general manager and chairman of CNPC, as well as chairman and CEO of PetroChina Co Ltd. He was promoted to the head of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission in March 2013.

The prosecution said he used his position to benefit others with projects and job promotions, then accepted bribes valued at 14 million yuan ($2.3 million), paid either to himself or his wife.

Jiang was accused of owning properties worth an additional 14.82 million yuan that obviously exceeded his earnings.

As of Aug 31, 2013, Jiang’s personal and family property and expenditures “had apparently surpassed the legal income of himself and his family” and Jiang could not identify the sources for the surplus, according to prosecutors.

The prosecutors said Jiang abused his power and his actions resulted in big losses to State assets when he was working with the CNPC and PetroChina between 2004 and 2008.

Jiang used his position to gain huge benefits for other people by obtaining oil and gas field exploration rights and bidding for gas turbine generating projects, resulting in grave losses to State assets.

He pleaded guilty to all charges and has actively cooperated with judicial officers in the confiscation of his illegal proceeds.

Corrupt former official gets 13 years

A Chinese court has sentenced the former deputy Communist Party chief of the southwestern province of Sichuan to 13 years in prison for bribery and abuse of power, Reuters said.

The Xianning Intermediate People’s Court announced Li Chuncheng’s sentence via its official microblog. Li had links to disgraced ex-domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was jailed for life for bribery, leaking state secrets and abuse of power earlier this year.

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