For­mer se­nior of­fi­cial in Shanxi stands trial for al­leged cor­rup­tion

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By XIN­HUA

Ling Zhengce, for­mer se­nior of­fi­cial of Shanxi prov­ince, stood trial on Tues­day for tak­ing bribes.

Ling, for­mer vice-chair­man of the Shanxi Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’s Po­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, was ac­cused of tak­ing ad­van­tage of his var­i­ous posts to of­fer help, through other State of­fi­cials, to com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als, in­clud­ing for­mer deputy Shanxi gov­er­nor Du Shanxue, in project ex­am­i­na­tion and ap­proval, busi­ness op­er­a­tions and per­son­nel pro­mo­tion.

Ling ac­cepted bribes worth more than 16 mil­lion yuan ($2.4 mil­lion), ei­ther in per­son or through his son, Ling-hu Sh uai, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment from the peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate of Changzhou in Jiangsu prov­ince. The procu­ra­torate filed the charges with the Changzhou In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court.

Dur­ing the trial, the prose­cu­tors pre­sented ev­i­dence, and Ling and his de­fense coun­sel re­sponded to the ev­i­dence.

In his fi­nal state­ment, Ling pleaded guilty and ex­pressed re­morse.

The court rul­ing will be an­nounced at a later date.

In other cases, Xi Xiaom­ing, for­mer vice-pres­i­dent of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court, and Gu Chunli, for­mer vice-gov­er­nor of North­east China’s Jilin prov­ince, have been in­dicted for tak­ing bribes, the Supreme Peo­ple’s Procu­ra­torate said on Tues­day.

The court des­ig­nated Tian­jin and Harbin procu­ra­torates to ini­ti­ate pros­e­cu­tion against Xi and Gu re­spec­tively.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ments, Xi and Gu took ad­van­tage of their posts to seek ben­e­fits for oth­ers and ac­cepted a huge amount in bribes.

Prose­cu­tors have in­formed Xi and Gu of their lit­i­ga­tion rights, ques­tioned the de­fen­dants and lis­tened to rep­re­sen­ta­tions from their lawyers, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the SPP.

Ling Zhengce

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