China Executes 2 Former Officials for Bribery

By: AP
By: AP

BEIJING (AP) -- Two former vice majors in eastern China who were
convicted of bribery have been executed.

China's official Xinhua News Agency says Xu Maiyong and Jiang
Renjie were executed Tuesday morning.

Xu of Hangzhou city in Zhejiang province was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentenced to death in May.

Jiang of Suzhou city in Jiangsu province was convicted of bribery and sentenced to death in 2008.

Xinhua says appeals by both men of their original death sentences were rejected by higher courts.

Corruption is widespread among officials in China, but few cases
result in death sentences unless they are linked to murder or other
violent crimes.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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