BEIJING, April 19 A Chinese court has handed
down the capital sentence to a former aide to late Vice Premier
Huang Ju for taking bribes and abuse of power, a website
operated by People's Daily reported on Sunday.
Wang Weigong, who formerly served as secretary to Huang,
was sentenced by the Changchun Municipal Intermediate People's
Court in Jilin Province on Friday, the report said.
The court said Wang's death sentence should be accompanied
by probation of two years because he confessed to some of his
crimes and paid back all the bribes. All his personal property
was also confiscated.
Wang, who was also a former deputy general manager of
Shenergy Group, was convicted of taking bribes worth 12.9
million yuan ($1.9 million) from eight companies or individuals
Officials said he abused his power as a secretary of the
Shanghai Municipal Communist Party Committee, and as secretary
of the State Council, taking bribes in return for preferential
Huang, who died in 2007 aged 68, was party boss of Shanghai
until 2002, before rising to be ranked sixth in the Communist
Party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.
After Wang left his post as Huang's aide, he joined the
Shanghai-based power supply company Shenergy Group.
(Reporting by Ken Wills; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)