Senior legislator goes on trial for corruption

Updated: 2006-12-21 19:49

WUHAN -- A senior legislator from central China's Henan Province has gone on trial on charges of taking millions of yuan in bribes.

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Wang Youjie, 65, former deputy chief of the standing committee of the provincial people's congress, was accused of taking bribes of six million yuan (767,000 U.S. dollars) and failing to account for property worth of nine million yuan (1.15 million U.S. dollars).

Wang was chief of the municipal committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, before he took the post at the provincial legislature in July 2001, the Jingzhou Intermediate People's Court, in neighboring Hubei Province, heard.

Wang was put under "shuang gui" by the CPC central committee's discipline enforcement agency in March 2005. This is a practice in which senior officials suspected of corruption are taken to secret locations for an uncertain time to encourage them to confess to crimes.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges during Wednesday's court session and said he would not appeal the court's judgement.

The court is yet to reach a verdict.

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