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Just In: China Executes Two Government Officials For Taking Bribe

Two former vice-mayors were executed yesterday for corruption, as Beijing shows it is being tough on graft – which Communisty Party General Secretary Hu Jintao has called one of the four dangers facing the party.

The two former officials, from the scenic and booming eastern cities of Hangzhou and Suzhou took more than 250 million yuan (HK$321.4 million) between them in bribes from real estate developers in exchange for helping them acquire land and related preferential policies, the Supreme People’s Court said.

The criminals were both government leaders in charge of urban construction work, and their major crimes were related to land use and construction.’

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