China's 'Brother Watch' gets 14-year prison term

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Associated Press

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 12:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 2:04 AM

BEIJING (AP) — A court has ordered a 14-year prison sentence for a Chinese provincial official whose grinning at the scene of a deadly bus crash sparked a public outcry and, eventually, led to corruption charges.

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 ($40,000) in bribes and having bank deposits of 5.04 million yuan ($820,000) from dubious sources.

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

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