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Popular head of Chinese village gets 3 years in jail

In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Lin Zuluan smiles after he was elected as chief of village in an election to select village committees in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Lin has been given three years in jail for bribery in a case that prompted street protests in his defence.

In this Saturday, March 3, 2012 file photo, Lin Zuluan smiles after he was elected as chief of village in an election to select village committees in Wukan village, Lufeng city, in southern China's Guangdong province. Lin has been given three years in jail for bribery in a case that prompted street protests in his defence.  

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The popular Mayor of a village in southern China has been given three years in jail for bribery in a case that prompted street protests in the man’s defence.

State media reported on Friday that Lin Zuluan was also fined 200,000 yuan (about $30,000).

Lin won a rare open election in 2012 in Wukan, a year after the village’s residents openly revolted against land seizures and corruption. The ruling Communist Party allowed the vote as a concession to the villagers.

He was arrested in July as China’s ruling Communist Party moved to suppress a new round of anti-corruption protests.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, prosecutors alleged Lin took nearly $90,000 in bribes to “influence livelihood and economic projects” in Wukan.

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