China sentences ex-mayor of Nanjing to 15 years as anti-graft campaign rolls on



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BEIJING — A former mayor of the major eastern Chinese city of Nanjing has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on corruption charges, as President Xi Jinping's anti-graft crackdown continues to gather steam.

Ji Jianye also was fined 2 million yuan ($323,000) for taking bribes in exchange for doling out public works contracts and arranging job transfers, state media reported Wednesday.

Ji's decision not to fight the charges likely resulted in his relatively light sentence, handed down on Tuesday by Intermediate People's Court in the eastern city of Yantai. China frequently moves major trials away from the home base of the accused to avoid interference from supporters.

Calls to the court rang unanswered Wednesday.

The China Daily newspaper and other state media put the amount of bribes Ji was accused of receiving at 11.32 million ($1.8 million).

His former position is equivalent to that of a vice minister, making him one of the highest-ranking officials brought down by the anti-corruption drive launched shortly after Xi was installed as ruling Communist Party chief in 2012.

Xi has vowed to go after officials at all levels, and thousands have been investigated the party's anti-corruption body.

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