China has executed Luo Yaping, the so-called ‘land granny’ accused of amassing a 145 million yuan ($20m) fortune via embezzlement and bribery while working as a zoning official.
While working in land development in Fushun, a city in northeast China, Luo Yaping reportedly managed to develop her own fortune despite having a relatively low-grade position. When she was arrested, she was found to have more than 20 properties and millions of yuan in various locations.
Chinese authorities have been coming down particularly hard on corruption in recent years. Observers estimate that cases like Luo Yaping’s are only the tip of the iceberg. Her execution is clearly intended to send a strong warning to other officials who are considering abusing their positions for personal gain.