Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Now 'Brother Watch' is doing time

Yang Dacai was handed a 14-year prison sentence (AP/Xinhua)

A Chinese official whose grinning at the scene of a deadly bus crash sparked a public outcry and, eventually, led to corruption charges has been jailed for 14 years.

Yang Dacai led a Shanxi province work safety administration when photographs of him smiling at the crash scene circulated online.

Outraged citizens noted the luxury wristwatch he wore and dug up more photos of him wearing pricey timepieces, nicknaming him "Brother Watch" and demanding to know how he could afford them.

Communist Party officials later opened an investigation.

He pleaded guilty last month to charges of taking 250,000 yuan (£26,000) in bribes and having bank deposits of 5.04 million yuan (£527,000) from dubious sources.

Yang was sentenced by the Xi'an Intermediate People's Court.

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