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Northern Chinese province's ex-chief sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruption

Northern Chinese province's ex-chief sentenced to 15 years in prison for corruptionThe former Communist Party chief of the major northern Chinese province of Hebei has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges.

This is reported by Associated Press.

The Intermediate People's Court in the southeastern port city of Xiamen said Zhou Benshun had been given relatively lenient treatment in return for cooperating with investigators and handing over the proceeds of his corruption.

It said Zhou, 64, abused his position for personal gain while serving as the top official in the province just outside Beijing and in lower level jobs between 2000 and 2015. He and his relatives had scooped up a total of more than 40 million yuan ($5.8 million) in bribes and kickbacks resulting from real estate and construction deals, safety approvals, bank loans and work promotions, the court said.

Along with turning over his ill-gotten gains, Zhou had 2 million yuan ($300,000) of his personal assets confiscated and handed over to the state treasury. He had been placed under investigation in July 2015 and expelled from the ruling party shortly afterwards.
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