For­mer Tian­jin mayor pleads guilty to bribery

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

For­mer act­ing Party chief and mayor of Tian­jin Huang Xing­guo pleaded guilty at a court in He­bei prov­ince on Wed­nes­day. He was charged with ac­cept­ing bribes worth more than 40 mil­lion yuan ($6 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to the Shi­ji­azhuang in­ter­me­di­ate peo­ple’s court.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment by the Shi­ji­azhuang peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate, he used his po­si­tion for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers through pro­mo­tions and ob­tain­ing land for projects, then ac­cepted bribes val­ued at more than 40 mil­lion yuan, either him­self or through fam­ily mem­bers, from 1994 to 2016.

Over a 22-year pe­riod, he served as Party chief of Taizhou city, Zhe­jiang prov­ince; vice-gover­nor of Zhe­jiang; Party chief of Ningbo in Zhe­jiang; and mayor and act­ing Party chief of Tian­jin.

At the court hear­ing, Huang made a fi­nal state­ment and pleaded guilty.

In Septem­ber, the Cen­tral Com­mis­sion for Dis­ci­pline In­spec­tion, the coun­try’s top anti-graft watch­dog, launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Huang for “se­ri­ous vi­o­la­tions of Party dis­ci­pline”.

The com­mis­sion said he se­verely vi­o­lated the Party’s rules and code of con­duct, failed to fol­low ma­jor de­ci­sions made by cen­tral lead­ers and re­sisted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by anti-graft in­spec­tors.

In January, he was ex­pelled from the Party and re­moved from his ad­min­is­tra­tive post.

The court will is­sue a verdict at a later date.

PARKER ZHENG / CHINA DAILY

A pre­view for the Hong Kong Pulse Light Show draws vis­i­tors as the per­for­mance lights up the Tsim Sha Tsui wa­ter­front on Wed­nes­day night. The im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence, fea­tur­ing 3D pro­jec­tions work­ing in har­mony with mu­sic and sound ef­fects, runs from Fri­day to Sept 2.

Huang Xing­guo, ex-Tian­jin mayor

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