Ex-head of Chinese provincial communists jailed for seven years for bribery worth $ 3,7 million

A Chinese court has sentenced former Yunnan Communist Party chairman Qin Guangrong to seven years in prison for bribery. South China Morning Post reports.

Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court said the former official was granted a reduced sentence for turning himself in, surrendering the bribes he received, pleading guilty and showing repentance.

The former politician was also sentenced to a fine of 231,000 dollars.

Qin, 70, pleaded guilty to accepting bribes worth $ 3,7 million between 2000 and 2018, when he held various leadership positions in Yunnan province.

Qin’s relatively light sentence came in stark contrast with the death sentence handed down earlier this month to Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of state-run China Huarong Asset Management, for receiving a record $ 278 million in bribes.

According to Chinese financial news outlet Caixin, Qin gave himself up after his son Qin Ling, the former head of Huarong subsidiary, was investigated following Lai’s arrest in 2019.