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China's former nuclear chief gets life sentence

By the CNN Wire Staff
Kang Rixin, former head of the China National Nuclear Corporation.
Kang Rixin, former head of the China National Nuclear Corporation.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kang Rixin accepted at least $1 million US in bribes
  • He received a lighter sentence because he cooperated with investigators
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  • China

Beijing, China (CNN) -- The former chief of China's civilian and military nuclear programs was sentence to life in prison on Friday for accepting at least $1 million in bribes, state media said.

Kang Rixin, 57, also lost his political rights for life and had his personal assets confiscated, China Daily said.

The former head of the China National Nuclear Corporation received a lighter sentence because he cooperated with investigators and returned his ill-gotten gains, China Daily said.

He accepted bribes totaling 6.6 million yuan ($995,000) between 2004 and 2009.