Chinese official in sex tape scandal jailed for bribery

Beijing, Dec 13: A former official previously dismissed for a sex tape scandal was sentenced to 14 years in jail for bribery Friday in China’s Chongqing municipality.

According to the ruling handed down by the Chongqing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court, Han Shuming, former head of Changshou district, was convicted for accepting bribes worth 4.4 million yuan ($724,680), reports Xinhua.

Han, 48, took advantage of his position and assisted with land leasing and construction contracts for two businessmen in exchange of bribes between 2001 and 2013, according to the court.

Han’s accessory, Feng Binghui, received a sentence of five years in jail after being convicted of taking bribes worth 900,000 yuan in the deals with the businessmen.

Han was removed from his post and investigation started in January 2013, when an extortion gang was exposed as having blackmailed him with secretly recorded sex videos.

More than 20 government officials and executives of state-owned enterprises, including Han and Lei Zhengfu, former Communist Party chief of Chongqing’s Beibei district, were involved in the scandal.

Lei was later jailed for 13 years, and the six members of the extortion gang received jail terms ranging from 18 months to 10 years in June.