Qiu, 59, was also fined 2 million yuan ($289,000), while all his ill-gotten assets were confiscated and retuned to the State, according to the verdict from the Guiyang City Intermediate People’s Court in Guizhou province.
According to the court, Qiu abused his power to gain benefits for others in projects, bank loans and jobs, and accepted bribes totaling 24.33 million yuan, paid either to himself or through his staff, from 2008 to 2015.
During the course of seven years, he served mainly as a member of the Standing Committee of Yunnan Provincial Party Committee, Party chief in Kunming city and deputy Party chief in Yunnan province.
The court said in a statement that Qiu was given relatively lenient punishment because “he had confessed to his crimes and expressed regret, and all his ill-gotten funds have been recovered”.
In March 2015, Qiu was investigated for “serious violations of Party discipline” by the CCDI and was taken away by inspectors from a hotel in Beijing after attending the final meeting of the annual session of the National People’s Congress.—Xinhua