Sex video official sentenced to 13 years in jail

China Featured - July 1st, 2013
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A former Chinese official embroiled in a sex video scandal has been sentenced to 13 years in jail for bribery.

Lei Zhengfu, former secretary of the Communist Party in Chongqing District, was convicted of accepting bribes of around 3.16 million yuan ($510,000) as hush money from a man surnamed Ming to pay off Xiao Ye who lured the official into the sexual encounter and secretly filmed the tryst in order to blackmail him, Global Post reported.

Lei has also been fined 300,000 yuan ($48,000).

The court said Lei used his position to take other bribes in return for favors.

The investigation into his activities began after his sex video emerged in November, triggering public disgust and outrage.

The woman in the sex video with Lei was given a suspended two-year sentence.

Lei said he is considering whether to appeal, his lawyer said.

The Chinese businessman Xiao has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of luring several officials into having sex with women to use the secretly filmed videos to extort the money or ensure favorable contracts for property developments, reports say.