An ‘extremely greedy’ former Chinese official has been given a death sentence after accepting massive bribes, according to China’s state media.
Zhang Zhongsheng, 66, is said to have taken bribes amounting to 1.04 billion (£116.8 million) in the space of 16 years the equivalent of being bribed 178,000 yuan (£20,000) a day.
The disgraced officials received the economic benefits while working senior roles in Lvliang, one of China’s poorest regions, said the court.
The news has grabbed much attention in China because few corrupt officials have been given a death penalty even after Chinese President Xi Jinping launched a tough anti-graft campaign while assuming the office in 2013.
Mr Zhang was sentenced by the Intermediate People’s Court of Linfen City in Shanxi and confiscated Zhang’s personal assets according to People’s Daily Online.