In the latest on Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crusade, a senior Party official in Henan province has been handed a life sentence for a number of “abuse of power” crimes, including counterfeiting legal documents to get sweet deals on real estate.
As Xinhua reported: “Chen Jianghe, former executive deputy secretary general of the Henan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was convicted of taking bribes, possessing large amounts of unexplained property, and abuse of power, according to a statement issued by the Nanyang City Intermediate People’s Court.”
Here is how the numbers break down: 7.26 million RMB, and 8,000 USD in cash bribes accepted by Chen; 91,000 RMB in shopping cards; 315,900 HKD in wristwatches; and 1.93 million RMB, the amount saved by Chen’s lover(s), family members, and friends when he helped them purchase nine apartments at below-market prices.
In regards to the last statistic, Chen not only took millions of yuan in bribes, but also faked legal documents to assist in the purchasing of these apartments. This is some shady shit.
These allegations have accumulated from Chen’s time in politics from 1995 to 2011, when he served as secretary of the CPC Renqi County Committee, secretary general of the CPC Kaifeng City Committee, and secretary general of the CPC Henan Provincial Committee, according to the statement made by a local Zhengzhou court.
Coincidentally (well, probably not), prosecutors in Henan announced on February 10th that a focus of 2014 will be attacking corruption in areas that directly affect people’s livelihood.
This case comes about a week after the announcement that Ji “Bulldozer” Jianye, the former mayor of Nanjing, is under investigation for taking bribes, among other crimes.
By Alex Stevens