Photo taken on Sept. 17 shows the Chongqing Municipal Higher People's Court. The Chongqing Municipal Higher People's Court on Tuesday sustained its verdict in the case of Lei Zhengfu, a former Chongqing official who was embroiled in a sex video scandal and later handed a 13-year imprisonment for bribery. (Photo: Xinhua)
CHONGQING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese court on Tuesday sustained its verdict in the case of a former Chongqing official who was embroiled in a sex video scandal and later handed a 13-year imprisonment for bribery.
The Chongqing Municipal Higher People's Court in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality announced its verdict in the case of Lei Zhengfu, 55, at 11 a.m.
Lei's first trial began on June 28 in Chongqing. The municipality's No.1 Intermediate People's Court said Lei, former secretary of Chongqing's Beibei District Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), used his position to obtain benefits for others and accepted bribes totaling more than 3.16 million yuan (510,000 U.S. dollars).
In addition to the jail sentence, Lei was also fined 300,000 yuan for the crimes and deprived of his political rights for three years, according to the court's ruling.
Lei submitted an appeal on July 13. During the second court hearing on Sept. 6, Lei retracted a confession, saying the first judgement was based on unclear facts, lacked evidence and its ruling was incorrect.
The former official appeared in a sex video that was posted online in November 2012. He was subsequently removed from his post and detained by police on Feb. 1. In May, Lei was expelled from the CPC.