China executes vice mayors in corruption crackdown
Xu Maiyong, who served as the vice mayor of Hangzhou, had used his official power to interfere with project contracts and help companies acquire land, the Supreme People’s Court said in a statement. He had accepted 145 million yuan (US $ 22 million) in bribes, and embezzled 54 million yuan (US $ 8.3 million) from a government-managed property company. Xu was removed from his post in April 2009.
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In an unrelated case, Jiang Renjie, the vice mayor of Suzhou, another prosperous southern commercial centre, was convicted of taking 108 million yuan (US $ 16.6 million) in cash from property developers.