China Sentences Former Senior ICBC Banker to Life for Bribery

By Reuters
August 12, 2021 Updated: August 12, 2021

BEIJING—China sentenced Gu Guoming, a former senior banker at Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), to life in jail after being found guilty of bribery, state media said on Aug. 12.

China’s top anti-graft body has put high-profile financial officials under increased scrutiny in recent years, with a focus on the banking sector since 2019, to halt corruption linked to high-risk loans and official appointments.

Gu, previously the head of ICBC’s Shanghai branch, was also stripped of his political rights for life, after being convicted of taking about $21 million in bribes from 2005 to 2019, according to the verdict given by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gu was accused of taking advantage of his various positions at ICBC to seek favours for others, and assisted some individuals and companies to obtain bank credit and investments.

Gu pleaded guilty, and helped recover most of his bribes, said the report, citing the court verdict.

In January, China sentenced the former chairman of China Development Bank, Hu Huaibang, to life in prison for bribery.

In the same week, a court in the northern city of Tianjin sentenced the former chairman of China Huarong Asset Management Co, Lai Xiaomin, to death, over corruption.

Reuters was unable to contact Gu for comment. ICBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

By Cheng Leng and Ryan Woo