BEIJING Oct 17 A former senior Chinese energy
official found to have more than 200 million yuan ($29.99
million) in cash at his home has been given a suspended death
penalty after being found guilty of corruption, state news
agency Xinhua said on Monday.
Wei Pengyuan had been deputy director of the coal department
at the National Energy Administration until he was put under
investigation in 2014, with officials saying at the time the
cash found was the largest amount ever found in a graft case.
The court in the northern city of Baoding handed Wei a death
sentence, suspended for two years, which in practice means he
will spend life in jail and not be eligible for parole or early
release, Xinhua said.
Wei abused his position to approve coal projects and took
212 million yuan in bribes, the report said, citing the court
"Wei Pengyuan had a vast amount of assets which obviously
exceeded his legal income, and could not explain its source,"
It was not possible to reach relatives or legal
representatives of Wei for comment.
Liu Tienan, who had been head of the energy administration,
was jailed for life in 2014 after being caught up in his own
President Xi Jinping has vowed to go after powerful "tigers"
as well as lowly "flies" is his fight against pervasive graft,
warning, like others before him, that the problem is so severe
it could affect the Communist Party's grip on power.
($1 = 6.6685 Chinese yuan renminbi)
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard)