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Judge Meng Xiang was made director of the enforcement bureau in 2016. (Representational)

Beijing:

A supreme court docket choose in China has been jailed for 12 years for accepting bribes value 22.7 million yuan (USD 3.3 million) over 20 years.

Judge Meng Xiang, a former director of the Supreme People’s Court’s enforcement bureau and member of its trial committee, was additionally fined two million yuan after he admitted accepting bribes between 2003 and 2020, the intermediate folks’s court docket in Zhengzhou metropolis introduced on Tuesday.

The court docket stated Meng had used his standing and energy to just accept bribes in change for serving to others with issues corresponding to court docket rulings and regulation enforcement, securing development contracts for companies and influencing cadre choice, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported on Wednesday.

Meng, 58, was positioned underneath investigation two years in the past as a part of a “self-rectification” marketing campaign focusing on judicial and land enforcement officers, the report stated.

He had labored within the nation’s justice system for greater than three many years, beginning as a clerk in a neighborhood district court docket in Beijing.

As he rose by means of the ranks he held numerous management positions within the judicial system, together with the excessive folks’s court docket in Beijing.

While Meng’s case highlights the corruption within the increased echelons of China’s judiciary, Zhou Qiang, a former chief justice, stated through the annual assembly of the legislature final month that 61 officers from the supreme court docket – which includes a whole lot of judges and administrative officers – had been positioned underneath investigation and punished over the previous 5 years.

Meng’s position as a member of the supreme court docket’s trial committee – a bunch of high-ranking officers chosen by the National People’s Congress, the nation’s legislature – meant he was concerned in discussions about complicated and necessary circumstances, the report stated.

He was made director of the enforcement bureau in 2016 – a job that meant he was accountable for serving to to keep up the graceful operation of the justice system.

The bureau enforces court docket orders, handles disputes involving the execution of judgments throughout completely different areas or provinces and opinions appeals referring to these judgments.

The verdict stated Meng had been given a lighter sentence as a result of he had expressed regret and confessed to bribery offences the authorities had not beforehand recognized about.

All his unlawful earnings might be confiscated, and any curiosity accrued might be handed over to the nationwide treasury, the Post report stated.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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