Chinese official executed for $4.7M in bribes

BEIJING—A former China official tasked with investigating corruption has been executed for taking more than $4.7 million in bribes.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency says Zeng Jinchun was shot to death Thursday. He was the ruling Communist party’s top corruption inspector for Chenzhou city in the central province of Hunan.

The report says Zeng was found guilty of taking the 31 million yuan in bribes in return for handing out mining contracts and job promotions over a decade ending in 2006.

Corruption in China sometimes gets the death penalty.

Thursday’s execution comes a day after top Communist Party officials in Beijing again promised to crack down on the graft that is a major source of social unrest throughout the country.

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