- - Thursday, December 30, 2010


Official executed for bribery

BEIJING | A former Chinese official tasked with investigating corruption has been executed for taking more than $4.7 million in bribes.

The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Zeng Jinchun was shot to death Thursday. He was the ruling Communist Party’s top corruption inspector for Chenzhou city in the central province of Hunan.

The report says Zeng was found guilty of taking 31 million yuan in bribes in return for handing out mining contracts and job promotions over a decade ending in 2006.

Corruption in China sometimes gets the death penalty.

Thursday’s execution came a day after top Communist Party officials in Beijing again promised to crack down on the graft that is a major source of social unrest throughout the country.


Seven Thais detained for illegal entry

PHNOM PENH | Cambodia on Thursday charged seven Thai citizens, among them a member of parliament close to the prime minister, with illegal entry into its territory, testing strained ties between the uneasy neighbors.

Thailand sent its foreign minister, Kasit Piromya, to Phnom Penh to seek the release of the seven following their arrest for entering a disputed border area on Wednesday.

Most of the seven are members of a Thai political faction that has been pressing the government to take a tough stand with Cambodia over border disputes.

Ties between the two historic foes have warmed in recent months after diplomatic rows over jurisdiction of land surrounding a 900-year-old temple and Cambodia’s provocative decision to employ, rather than extradite, fugitive former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Severed ties were restored in August when Cambodia said Thaksin, who lives in self-exile to avoid a jail term for graft, had resigned as an economic adviser to its government.


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