Ex-of­fi­cial pleads guilty to bribery

China Daily (USA) - - TOP NEWS - By CHEN­MENG­WEI chen­meng­wei @chi­nadaily.com.cn

Yang Dongliang, for­mer head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, pleaded guilty to ac­cept­ing bribes and em­bez­zling pub­lic funds at Bei­jing Sec­ond In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court on Thurs­day.

Yang was in­dicted on a charge of al­legedly ac­cept­ing bribes worth more than 28 mil­lion yuan ($4 mil­lion).

The prose­cu­tion al­leged that Yang took ad­van­tage of his var­i­ous posts from 2002 to 2015, such as vice-mayor of Tian­jin and head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, to seek ben­e­fits for oth­ers and ac­cepted bribes.

In 1999, Yang ac­cepted an apart­ment on Xin­jiang road in Tian­jin’s Heping district worth 270,800 yuan bought with pub­lic funds, ac­cord­ing to the in­dict­ment.

Yang ex­pressed re­gret for his ac­tions and bowed in the court­room. He and his lawyer made their de­fense be­fore Yang gave a fi­nal state­ment.

The rul­ing will be an­nounced at a later date.

Yang, born in Qing county, He­bei prov­ince, in 1954, be­gan his work­ing ca­reer in 1972 and joined the Com­mu­nist Party of China a year later. He holds a doc­tor’s de­gree in law.

More than 50 peo­ple at­tended the court hear­ing.

WANG XINGANG / XINHUA

Yang Dongliang, for­mer head of the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Work Safety, bows in apol­ogy at court on Thurs­day.

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