Former CNPC chief Jiang Jiemin. Image courtesy of Euronews/Youtube.

Former China National Petroleum Corporation chief Jiang Jiemin was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Monday after he pleaded guilty to a slew of corruption charges earlier this year.

A statement issued by a court in the Hubei province said Jiang was found guilty of “receiving bribes, possessing large amounts of assets of unknown provenance, and abusing power as a state-owned company employee,” the BBC said.

Li Chuncheng, a former deputy Communist Party boss in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was sentenced to 13 years in prison on the same charges by another Hubei province court, Reuters said.

Jiang, 61, was an ally of disgraced domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who is currently serving a life sentence after being convicted in June of corruption, abuse of power and sharing state secrets.

The former CNPC boss received over $2.21 million in bribes between 2004 and 2013 and collaborated with Zhou to aide others with business deals, Reuters said.

Jiang, who served as CNPC’s chief from 2011 to 2013, received a more lenient sentence after pleading guilty in April and providing evidence of his crimes.

He will not appeal the ruling.

“The crimes I committed are severe and my family assets are far more than my lawful earnings,” Jiang said in April, according to a microblog post made by the Hanjiang Intermediate People’s Court.

The ruling Communist Party began investigating Jiang in 2013 after he made payments to the victims of a car crash that killed the son of former Party leader Hu Jintao.

Last year the Chinese government seized $14.5 billion in assets from Zhou, 72, after questioning hundreds of his relatives and colleagues about corruption.

The sentences are part of a years long effort launched by president Xi Jinping to combat corruption at state-owned companies.


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