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China convicts and executes two politicians over corruption



Two politicians in China have been sentenced and executed over charges bordering on bribery and corruption.

The convicted public officials who are former vice-mayors were executed on Monday for corruption, as Beijing shows it is being tough on graft, a move which Communist Party General Secretary Hu Jintao has called one of the four dangers facing the party.

According to the Supreme People’s Court, the sentenced former government officials, from the scenic and booming eastern cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou, took more than 250 million yuan (HK$321.4 million) in bribes from real estate developers in exchange for helping with the acquisition of land and related preferential policies.

The executed vice-mayors were public officials in charge of urban construction work, and their major crimes were related to land use and construction.

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