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Popular head of Chinese village gets 3 years in jail

  • FILE - 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 defense. Lin won a rare open election in 2012 in Wukan, a year after the village’s residents openly revolted against land seizures and corruption. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

    FILE - 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 defense. Lin won a rare open election in 2012 in Wukan, a year after the village‚Äôs residents openly revolted against land seizures and corruption. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Radical pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, second from right, and other protesters holding a picture of Wukan village's leader Lin Zuluan during a demonstration outside the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong kong, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The democratically elected mayor of the fishing village in southern China - which became the center of international attention five years ago for protests against land seizures - has been given three years in jail on bribery charges. The Chinese words on placard read: "Release democratically elected secretary Lin Zuluan." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

    Radical pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, second from right, and other protesters holding a picture of Wukan village's leader Lin Zuluan during a demonstration outside the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong kong, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The democratically elected mayor of the fishing village in southern China - which became the center of international attention five years ago for protests against land seizures - has been given three years in jail on bribery charges. The Chinese words on placard read: "Release democratically elected secretary Lin Zuluan." (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)  (The Associated Press)

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 defense.

State media reported 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.