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Justice official executed

  |   July 7, 2010 at 7:43 AM
BEIJING, July 7 (UPI) -- A former senior justice official in China was executed Wednesday for accepting bribes, shielding criminal gangs and rape, a high court said.

Wen Qiang, 55, former director of judicial bureau in the southwestern Chongqing municipality, was executed after his death sentence was approved by the Supreme Court, Xinhua news agency reported. He was sentenced to death by a lower court after his arrest in September 2009.

Wen also had served as vice director of the Chongqing municipal public security bureau prior to his arrest, the report said.

He was accused of taking bribes totaling about $1.76 million on his own or through his wife from 1996 to 2009 and helping companies and business people obtain illegal profits. The wife is serving an eight-year jail sentence on the bribery conviction, the report said.

Wen also was convicted of shielding five major organized crime gangs and raping a university student after getting her drunk.

The Xinhua report said Wen was the highest ranking official to fall in last year's massive crackdown on organized crime in Chongqing. More than 90 local officials were prosecuted and 42 were found guilty of sheltering criminal gangs.

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