Four for­mer se­nior of­fi­cials charged with bribery in ac­tion against cor­rup­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YAN

Four for­mer se­nior of­fi­cials have been charged with bribery and cor­rup­tion by pros­e­cu­tors, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said on Mon­day.

Le Dake, for­mer deputy head of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Ti­bet au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s Peo­ple’s Congress, has been charged with bribery by the Zhengzhou city peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate in He­nan province, which will pros­e­cute the case at Zhengzhou In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court. A date for the court hear­ing will be set later.

Ac­cord­ing to an in­dict­ment, when Le served as direc­tor of the au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s State Se­cu­rity Bureau and head of re­gional leg­is­la­ture, he abused power to gain ben­e­fits for oth­ers and ac­cepted huge bribes paid in cash or other as­sets.

“Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and pros­e­cu­tion, pros­e­cu­tors in­formed him of his rights and care­fully lis­tened to his lawyers’ de­fend­ing opin­ions to pro­tect his le­git­i­mate rights,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment pro­vided by the SPP on Mon­day.

In a sep­a­rate devel­op­ment, Wang Tianpu, for­mer gen­eral man­ager of oil giant China Petroleum and Chem ica l Corp, has been charged with cor­rup­tion and bribery by the Nan­chang city peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate in Jiangxi province.

Pros­e­cu­tors said that when he served as gen­eral man­ager and CEO, he abused power to ben­e­fit oth­ers and ac­cepted huge bribes.

In ad­di­tion, Si Xian­min, for­mer gen­eral man­ager of China South­ern Air­lines, has been ac­cused of ac­cept­ing bribes by the Shen­zhen city peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate in Guang­dong province; and Wang Shuait­ing, for­mer vice-chair­man of China Travel Ser­vices Hong Kong, has been charged with cor­rup­tion and bribery by the Shen­zhen city peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate.

Tack­ling graft has be­come a top pri­or­ity for the coun­try since late 2012. Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has launched a sweep­ing cam­paign to tar­get high- and low-rank­ing of­fi­cials, or “tigers and flies”.

To date, more than 140 high-rank­ing of­fi­cials sus­pected of cor­rup­tion have been placed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing Zhou Yongkang, for­mer se­cu­rity chief, who was sen­tenced to life in prison in June 2015.

Wang Shuait­ing

Wang Tianpu

Si Xian­min

Le Dake

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