Ex-Beijing airport boss gets 12 years for graft

AP News
Posted: Dec 08, 2011 2:07 AM

The former boss of Beijing's sprawling airport has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for taking bribes to arrange jobs and set up corrupt business deals.

State media said Thursday that Zhang Zhizhong was convicted in neighboring Hebei province of receiving more than 4.7 million yuan ($740,000) in illicit payments between 1996 and 2009.

He reportedly took the bribes in the form of gold ingots, Chinese and foreign currency, and debit and gift cards.

Zhang's predecessor had also been convicted of massive corruption, for which he was put to death in August 2009.

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Zhang's case was one of a recent slew of dismissals and reports of graft investigations in China's aviation industry, which is rife with opportunities for bribery and influence peddling.