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The 60-year-old accepted bribes of 35.58 million yuan (US$5.8 million) between 2002 and 2012, personally or through his son Liu Decheng, the Langfang City Intermediate People’s Court said.
He exploited his position at the National Development and Reform Commission to secure profits for companies and individuals, the court said.
Liu was granted a lenient sentence because he confessed most of his crimes and showed remorse at his trial in September and the money amassed by the pair had been returned Cheap Nike Air Max , the court said.
When asked for his plea, Liu said he had accepted his guilt and would accept any punishment, Xinhua news agency reported.
“Faced with the facts, I have been asking myself every time I read the indictment, is this me? How did I end up like this?” said a tearful Liu Cheap Air Max 1 , according to court transcripts posted on one of the court’s official social media accounts in September.
“Each morning, I wonder where I am and how I have ended up in this state,” said Liu, adding that he had also been a bad influence on his son.
The court found that most of the bribes were linked to his 29-year-old son, who is currently in detention awaiting trial.
He acted as a middleman to get projects approved by his father and was paid so-called “thank you fees” of nearly 7.5 million yuan Cheap Air Max 95 , the court found.
Between 2003 and 2012, Liu Tienan helped the Guangzhou Automobile Group secure several projects. In return, Zhang Fangyou, the group’s chairman, was told to recruit Liu Decheng.
Zhang created a position for the son at a subsidiary in Guangzhou in 2007. However Cheap Air Max 90 , by December 2012, Liu Decheng had not worked there a single day despite being paid a salary that totalled 1.21 million yuan.
In 2006, Liu Tienan had asked Qiu Jianlin, an executive at chemical producer Hengyi Group Co, to “teach his son business” when he was helping the company with the approval process for several projects.
Qiu spent a million yuan in setting up a company for Liu Decheng Cheap Air Max , a company said to have made a profit of nearly 8.25 million yuan though it never started trading.
Qiu also gave Liu Decheng a villa in Beijing and a Porsche, worth a combined 15.5 million yuan, the court found.
At his trial in September, Liu Tienan blamed himself for having overindulged his son. “I ruined my son,” he said. “I should take full responsibility for his guilt because it was me who led him down this guilty road.”
In an interview Cheap Nike Air Max 1 Outlet , Li Fabao, Liu Tienan’s lawyer, told the 21st Business Herald: “Liu didn’t abuse his power for personal gain but for the sake of his son. He had just thought to let his business friends to teach his son how to do business.”
He also told the People’s Daily website: “Liu Tienan said he lived a plain life. He got up to work every day at 7am and got back home around 11pm. He had meals in the canteen and didn’t buy new clothes.”
He said Liu didn’t have expensive habits and that was why he was able to return the money.
Allegations against the official emerged in December 2012, when Luo Changping, then deputy editor-in-chief of Caijing Magazine Cheap Nike Air Max 95 Outlet , accused him of falsifying academic credentials and helping arrange US$200 million in bank loans for a businessman, Ni Ritao.
Luo said in his Sina Weibo microblog that most of the details had come from Liu’s mistress, identified as Xu. The pair had met in Tokyo where Liu worked as an economic attache and
Xu was studying for a PhD degree. Luo alleged in his whistleblowing postings that Xu received death threats after they fell out.
Liu’s wife and son held shares in Ni’s company, and Ni wired “huge amounts of money” into foreign currency accounts held by the son “multiple times,” Luo said.
In May 2013 Cheap Nike Air Max 90 Outlet , Liu Tienan was sacked for serious disciplinary violations. Three months later he was expelled from the Party and removed from public office.
Liu Tienan is one of the highest-profile officials to be prosecuted for corruption since President Xi Jinping launched an anti-graft campaign in late 2012 when he took over as Party chief.
Others include Zhang Shuguang, former head of the railway ministry’s transport bureau. He was sentenced to death with two years’ reprieve in October for taking bribes worth more than 47 million yuan.
Liu Zhijun, the former railways minister, was given a suspended death sentence in July for taking 64.6 million yuan in bribes.
HAVANA， June 23 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated on Thursday the participants in the Colombian peace process during the signing ceremony of a peace agreement in Havana.
Ban invited all Colombians to make the agreement signed in Havana a reality， in order to preserve peace in their country and the region.
It is crucial that the Colombian people and the right resources be mobilized to properly implement the agreement， Ban said.
""We are doing everything possible in the UN so that this process ... becomes a process of implementing peace. Let us work together to make the promise of peace sealed today in Havana a reality，"" said Ban.
""The Colombian peace process validates the perseverance of all those involved in the pertinent search for a peaceful solution，"" the UN chief added.
He also congratulated Cuba on being the permanent host of the talks and observer.