BEIJING, July 19 China executed two former
vice-mayors from two booming eastern cities for taking millions
of dollars in bribes, the Supreme Court and state media said on
Tuesday, as the government strives to show it is being tough on
Xu Maiyong, the former vice-mayor of Hangzhou, and Jiang
Renjie, the former vice-mayor of Suzhou, were executed in the
morning, the court said in a brief statement on its website
Xu was convicted of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of
power, while Jiang was convicted of bribery, the official Xinhua
news agency added.
Chinese media has previously reported that the two took
bribes worth more than 100 million yuan ($15.4 million) in
connection with real estate projects.
China's ruling Communist Party has repeatedly vowed to stamp
out official corruption, a key source of public discontent as
the rapidly growing economy gives senior officials opportunities
to use their power for private gain.
China sacked Shanghai's powerful Communist Party boss in
2007 and the Railways Minister earlier this year.
Critics say the fight against graft is hampered by the lack
of an independent judiciary, rather than one which answers
firstly to the Party, and by officials not being held
accountable to an electorate or by an independent media, which
is also tightly controlled.
($1 = 6.469 yuan)
(Reporting by Sally Huang and Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ken
Wills and Daniel Magnowski)