War Against Corruption: China Sentences MP To Death
While Nigerians on social media are busy debating the crackdown on corrupt judges by the Department of State Service (DSS) as well as criticizing the Buhari-led war against corruption, China is demonstrating how it deals with corruption.
China today sentenced a 70-year-old former senior legislator to death for taking ‘a huge amount of bribes’ as well as holding excessive assets with unidentified sources. This is similar to the allegations of the DSS against the arrested judicial officers.
The legislator, identified as Bai Enpei becomes the latest official to be punished for graft under a campaign launched by President Xi Jingping.
Enpei was a former senior lawmaker with China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress.
He also served as the head of the provincial committees of the ruling Communist Party of China in Qinghai as well as Yunnan province.
As part of his punishment, Bai’s political rights have been withdrawn for life. In addition, he is to forfeit all his personal properties as well.
Consequently, Bai’s death sentence comes with a two-year reprieve, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Genesis of Bai’s Travails
Investigation of Enpei for graft began in August 2014.
By January 2015, Communist Party of China (CPC) expelled Bai. CPC Central Commission for Discipline endorsed the expulsion.
CCDI investigation found that Bai took advantage of his post to seek profits for others. Also, Bai was accused of accepting “a huge amount in bribes.”
Punishment have been meted out to thousands of Chinese officials at different levels. This has been going on consistently in the three year long war against corruption campaign initiated by President Xi.