Anti-corruption Protest Leader Jailed For Bribery In China

Anti-corruption protest leader jailed for bribery in China

BEIJING, (Pakistan Point News - APP -8th Sept,2016) : A protest leader from a Chinese village which became a symbol of resistance against corruption was sentenced to three years in prison for bribery Thursday, state media said. Lin Zulian, elected head of the village of Wukan in rare open polls after residents expelled local officials in a mass 2011 uprising which drew global attention, was convicted of corruption, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The 70-year-old confessed to accepting bribes worth some $590,000 Yuan ($90,000 USD) at his trial in the nearby city of Foshan and vowed not to appeal the verdict, it added. Lin was detained in June and was shown on state tv admitting to taking bribes in a video recorded while he was under interrogation and released by prosecutors. "Due to my lack of understanding of law, in many projects related to people's livelihoods... and in some collective purchases I took huge kickbacks," state-media quoted Lin as saying.