2 Shi Wenqing, a former senior legislator in east China’s Jiangxi Province, was on Tuesday sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes and illegal possession of firearms.
3 The Intermediate People’s Court in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, said Shi took bribe worth more than 195 million yuan (30.83 million U.
5 Shi was the former vice chairman of the Standing Committee of the Jiangxi Provincial People’s Congress.
6 The court also found that Shi acquired a gun from others and gave it to his relative for custody in 2004.
7 Shi was deprived of his political rights for life, and all his personal assets were confiscated, the court said in a statement.
8 The statement added that the bribes Shi had taken was massive, and his crimes caused a heavy loss to the interests of the state and people.
10 However, a lenient sentence was granted, considering that Shi had confessed to all his crimes and pled guilty during the investigation and had been cooperative in returning his illegal gains.