China’s planning commission deputy jailed for life

  • Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
  • Updated: Dec 11, 2014 01:15 IST

A former top economist with China’s apex planning body has been dispatched to jail for life on charges of corruption, an official statement said Wednesday.

Liu Tienan, former deputy head of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), was convicted of bribery by a court in north China’s Hebei province.

He was stripped off his political rights for life and all his wealth was in the process of being attached.

Liu’s case had been widely followed after the accusations of corruption were levelled against him on China’s social media platforms few months ago.

Liu, who also served as the National Energy Administration head, was accused of accepting bribes worth $5.8 million during his tenure in high offices between 2002 and 2012.

His son, Lie Decheng, was often used by him as a channel, the statement quoted by state media said.

“He was found guilty of abuse of power by securing profits for four companies — including Nanshan Group, a chemical firm based in east China’s Shandong Province, Zhongjin Petrochemical Co Ltd based in east China’s Zhejiang Province, GAC Group in south China’s Guangdong Province and Zhejiang Hengyi Group Co Ltd — as well as several individuals,” the statement added.

According to court proceedings revealed by state media, Liu confessed to his crimes and repented as well.

“Faced with the facts, I have been asking myself every time I read the indictment, is this me? How did I end up like this?” Liu, apparently said, according to court scripts posted on one of the court’s official social media accounts in September. “Each morning, I wonder where I am and how I have ended up in this state,” Liu said, adding that he had also been a bad influence on his son.

Liu’s trial closed in September but it took until Wednesday for the court to deliver its verdict.

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