A former top district official in Shanghai was sentenced to death yesterday with two-year reprieve for taking bribes exceeding 15.47 million yuan (US$2.45 million). Chen Meng, former deputy chief of Putuo District, was sacked last September, seven months after his promotion, when disciplinary inspectors found him guilty of bribery. Prosecutors in Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court said Chen, 49, took advantage of his position as deputy chief of Songjiang District between 2003 and 2011 to help others win construction contracts.
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