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Six former Rizhao Port officials given jail time

A court in Rizhao has sentenced six former officials of Rizhao Port Group to jail for corruption.

The six defendants Li Junli, Hao Xiqing, Li Zongjun, Ge Pingyuan, Li Weifeng and Zang Yunfeng, who used to serve as managers in several different business departments of Rizhao Port, were charged for corruption activities including accepting bribes and embezzlement. They have received sentences from two years to fourteen years depending on the amounts involved.

Most notably, Ge Pingyuan, a former junior manager in the freight department of the port, was involved in embezzlement of around RMB37.5m and sent to prison for 14 years.

The latest court sentences are part of the investigations into a group corruption scandal at Rizhao Port.

Du Chuanzhi, former president of Rizhao Port and Kong Xianlei, former vice president of Rizhao port, were dragged into corruption investigations in December 2016 and March 2017 respectively. At the end of 2016, Rizhao Port dismissed a total of 89 officials.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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