Liaon­ing ex-of­fi­cial pleads guilty to graft

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHINA DAILY

Wang Min, a for­mer provin­cial-level of­fi­cial of North­east China’s Liaon­ing prov­ince and a se­nior leg­is­la­tor, pleaded guilty and ex­pressed re­morse at a court in He­nan prov­ince on Fri­day. He was charged with cor­rup­tion, tak­ing bribes and ne­glect of duty.

Pros­e­cu­tors al­leged that dur­ing his time as Party chief and gov­er­nor of Jilin prov­ince, Party chief of Liaon­ing prov­ince and direc­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Liaon­ing Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress from 2004 to 2016, Wang used his po­si­tion and power to as­sist oth­ers in mat­ters in­clud­ing pro­mo­tions and busi­ness in ex­change for money and prop­erty worth more than 146 mil­lion yuan ($21.6 mil­lion).

In Novem­ber 2009, Wang took ad­van­tage of his po­si­tion as the Party chief of Jilin and em­bez­zled pub­lic funds of 1 mil­lion yuan to pay for per­sonal bills, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

While Party chief of Liaon­ing and direc­tor of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Liaon­ing provin­cial leg­is­la­ture, Wang vi­o­lated rules and failed to prop­erly su­per­vise the provin­cial elec­tions by not launch­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into or han­dling tipoffs on elec­tion fraud in­clud­ing vote buy­ing, the in­dict­ment said.

His neg­li­gence un­der­mined the elec­tion sys­tem, re­sult­ing in “ma­jor losses in the na­tional and pub­lic in­ter­est and had an es­pe­cially vile so­cial im­pact”, it added.

More than 60 peo­ple, in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal leg­is­la­tors, po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers, jour­nal­ists and mem­bers of the pub­lic, were present at the open trial.

The ver­dict will be an­nounced at a later date.

Wang was vice-chair­man of the Ed­u­ca­tion, Science, Cul­ture and Pub­lic Health Com­mit­tee of the 12th Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress af­ter leav­ing the post of Liaon­ing Party chief. In Oc­to­ber last year, he was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party of China for se­ri­ous breaches of Party dis­ci­pline.

In Septem­ber 2016, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress, the top leg­is­la­ture, dis­qual­i­fied 45 deputies from the Liaon­ing Provin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress for buy­ing votes in a 2013 elec­tion.

Xin­hua con­trib­uted to this story.

Wang Min, for­mer Party chief of Liaon­ing prov­ince

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