Ex-Nanjing top official admits graft
YangWeize was accused of abusing his positions, accepting millions in bribes
Yang Weize, former Party chief of Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu province, stood trial on Wednesday for allegedly receiving bribes of 16.4 million yuan ($2.48 million).
The former senior official was tried at the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in Zhejiang province. Yang pleaded guilty. The court’s verdict will be announced later.
According to the Ningbo procuratorate, Yang, together with his wife, accepted large amounts of bribes from 2005 to 2014 by using his positions to seek profits for others.
It said that he made use of his positions as a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China Jiangsu Provincial Committee and the Party chief ofWuxi and Nanjing. He helped Zhao Jin, son of a former senior official, and other companies and individuals, gain benefits in developing real estate and in official promotions.
Zhao Jin, a real estate developer in Tianjin, wasdetained in 2014, which reportedly led to his father, Zhao Shaolin, being investigated. Zhao Shaolin was a former member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee and secretary-general of the provincial Party Committee.
Zhao Shaolinwascharged in the Ningbo court last month. He was accused of assisting his son in illicit business operations, offering bribes and committing fraud in purchasing foreign currency. Other charges included indulging his son in opening private clubs and attending banquets to give bribes.
Yang, born in 1962, began his career as an office worker at the Jiangsu provincial transportation department in 1981. He became the mayor of Suzhou in 2001 and the Party chief of Wuxi in 2004.
From 2011 to 2015, he worked as the Party chief of Nanjing. He was also an alternate member of the CPC Central Committee. Yang was stripped of the post and expelled from the Party, and his case was handed over to judicial authorities, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection announced in July last year.
Yang allegedly had a tense relationship with Ji Jianye, the former mayor of Nanjing.
Ji was sentenced to 15 years in prison and fined 2 million yuan in 2015 for receiving 11.3 million yuan in bribes between 1999 and 2012. In 2013, he became the first provincial-level official to face an anti-graft investigation in Jiangsu.
China’s top prosecuting department has urged procuratorates across the country to take a tough stance on official misconduct in food and drug safety supervision.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate onWednesday required procuratorates at all levels to look into cases involving dereliction of duty and misconduct in food and drug safety incidents, according to a statement issued by the procuratorate.
The document listed six categories of cases that must be given extra attention, including officials who are found to have turned a blind eye to illegal activities in food and drug industries, who failed to file and hand criminal cases to judiciary departments, and those suspected of falsifying the results of food tests or animal and plant quarantines.
Government officials who solicit and accept bribes, as well as businesspeople who offer bribes to officials for illegal gains in food and drug industries will face stricter investigation, the top procuratorate said.
Procuratorates at all levels were asked to work closely with supervising departments of food and drug safety, police departments and courthouses to share information, investigate and file cases.
“Systemic problems existing in food and drug safety industries must be tackled. Loopholes in supervision must be closed, and procuratorates should help supervisory bodies to step up prevention in advance,” the top procuratorate said in the statement.
Yang Weize, former Party chief of Nanjing