Former Beijing official sentenced to 11 years in prison for bribery

Yu Luming

26th September 2023 – (Hong Kong) In a significant development, Yu Luming, the former vice chairman of the Beijing Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for accepting bribes. The verdict was delivered by the Intermediate People’s Court of Zhangjiakou in Hebei Province on Tuesday.

According to the court, Yu abused his various positions in Beijing between 2001 and 2019 to benefit others in matters related to land-use rights and project contracting. In exchange for his influence, Yu accepted bribes in the form of money and valuable items, amounting to a total value of 10.5 million yuan (approximately 1.46 million U.S. dollars).

In addition to the prison sentence, Yu has been fined 1 million yuan, and his illicit gains will be confiscated and turned over to the national treasury.

The court took into account Yu’s confession, genuine remorse, and cooperation in returning his ill-gotten gains, which resulted in a comparatively lenient sentence being granted to him.

This case highlights the Chinese government’s ongoing efforts to combat corruption and maintain the integrity of its public officials. The severity of the sentence reflects the determination to hold individuals accountable for their actions and send a strong message that corruption will not be tolerated at any level.

Bribery and corruption undermine the principles of fairness and justice, erode public trust, and hinder economic and social development. The Chinese government has been steadfast in its commitment to addressing these issues and promoting a clean and transparent governance system.