Prison for former officials in Zhao case

Tian Shengjie
A city court announced its judgments in two cases related to fraudster Zhao Fuqiang of officials who took bribes and shielded an underworld-like organization.
Tian Shengjie
Prison for former officials in Zhao case
Ti Gong

A hearing at Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Thursday involving officials taking bribes and shielding an underworld-like organization.

A city court announced judgments on Thursday in two cases related to national staff taking bribes and shielding an underworld-like organization.

Lu Yan, former secretary of the politics and law committee of the Party committee of Yangpu District, was sentenced to 17 years in jail. The 53-year-old was also deprived of his political rights for three years and fined 2.2 million yuan (US$322,500).

Ren Yongfei, 57, former president of Yangpu District’s court, was imprisoned for seven and a half years with fines of 500,000 yuan.

Both of them are related to Zhao Fuqiang, who was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve over 10 charges such as rape, leading an underworld-like organization and fraud on Tuesday.

In 2018, Lu accepted the request from Zhao and reconciled the president Ren to harbor Zhao and a company in a case, even if the two state functionaries knew the company illegally charged huge rents via violence, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said.

Last year, after noticing that the police was investigating and would arrest Zhao, Lu, as an informer, told him to leave Shanghai as soon as possible. Although Zhao fled the city, he was caught by the police in Taixing in Jiangsu Province in the next day.

The court said Lu and Ren took advantage of their positions to seek illegitimate benefits for others. According to statistics, Lu accepted money and gifts, involving about 11.8 million yuan, between 1995 and 2019 and Ren over 2.5 million yuan from 2003 to 2019.

From 2009 to 2010, Lu also falsely reported the number of people who needed to be relocated and resettled and made fake application materials for resettlement to use over 270,000 yuan to buy the house for the resettlement, worth more than 740,000 yuan, the authority said.

During the period of committing crimes, Lu had worked as section chief of the district committee, district foreign affairs office director and the secretary of the politics and law committee of the district Party committee. And Ren was a vice president of a law court of Shanghai High People's Court and vice president of then Luwan District's court.

Last year, Lu was stripped of his Party membership and political position and Ren was also expelled from the Communist Party of China and dismissed from public office because of their crimes.

Further investigations about other cases related to Zhao are still underway, it said.

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