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Former Chinese vice governor sentenced to 15 years in prison for bribery

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Yu Haiyan, former vice governor of China ’ s Gansu Province , was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined 6 million Yuan for taking bribes by a court in Chongqing on Wednesday .
According to the verdict announced by the First Intermediate People ’ s Court of Chongqing Municipality , Yu ’ s illicit gains will be turned over to the state treasury .

The court found that between 1998 and 2016 , Yu took advantage of his positions to seek benefit on product sales, project contracting , real estate development and personnel arrangements and promotions for others .

The court said that he was convicted of accepting money and gifts worth over 65 . 63 million Yuan ( 9 . 8 million dollars ) personally or through his wife , Li Yanhua .

“ Yu confessed his crimes , provided leads on his case , and returned all the bribes , which constituted mitigation of sentence , ’’ the court said .

However , Yu decided not to appeal .

( Xinhua/ NAN )

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