Heads of elite Chinese university jailed for taking bribes

21:31, February 17, 2011      

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Two former leaders of an elite Chinese university in central Hubei Province were sentenced Thursday by a local court to jail terms of 12 years and 10 years each for taking bribes from companies involved in campus construction projects.

The Intermediate People's Court of Jingzhou City sentenced Chen Zhaofang, 60, former vice president of Wuhan University in charge of the financing and logistics departments, to 12 years in prison for taking 1.35 million yuan and 16,000 U.S. dollars in bribes from 2000 to 2009.

The court sentenced Long Xiaole, 62, the former deputy secretary of Wuhan University committee of the Communist Party of China, to 10 years in prison for taking 610,000 yuan in bribes from 2000 to 2003.

Chen and Long were arrested last September and had been removed from their university posts.

The corruption scandal has prompted the Ministry of Education to carry out a nation-wide inspection of campus construction projects to stamp out corruption and malpractice.

Source: Xinhua
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