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China Sentences 14 to Die in Corruption Case

Wednesday, 08 November 2000 12:00 AM

Defendants were tried in Xiamen, Quanzhou, Fuzhou, Zhangzhou and Putian in the province of Fujian in connection with a nearly $10 billion smuggling and bribery scandal reaching into the highest levels of government.

More than 90 people, including high-ranking Communist Party members and well-known businessmen, were tried in September. Announcement of verdicts and sentencing were delayed as defendants were given a chance to testify against others in the hopes of reducing their sentences.

The scandal revolved around the Yuan Hua Group based in the port city of Xiamen and a decade-long smuggling operation that involved bribing regional and national officials. Throughout the 1990s, the Yuan Hua group smuggled diesel fuel, cars, consumer products and other raw materials into China by bribing hundreds of people in order to avoid high import tariffs levied by the Chinese government.

Yuan Hua boss Lai Changxing escaped by fleeing China last year as suspects were rounded up after a long investigation, although his brother Lai Changtu was arrested.

More than 600 people are to be tried in connection with the scandal before proceedings end, including high-ranking government officials and their family members.

Former head of military intelligence Ji Shengde and past deputy police minister Li Jizhou were arrested as well, although no official comment on their trials was made.

Family members of Politburo member Jia Qinglin and high-ranking military official Liu Huaqing were also implicated in the scandal, but Hong Kong media sources said they were shielded from further investigation by the Chinese government.

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