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Former Shanghai government official on trial for bribery

(Xinhua)

09:44, February 09, 2012

SHANGHAI, Feb. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chen Meng, the former deputy head of a district government in Shanghai, stood trial Wednesday for allegedly taking bribes worth 15.5 million yuan (2.46 million U.S. dollars).

Chen, born in 1962, was charged with allegedly taking bribes when he was the deputy head of the Songjiang District government between 2003 and early 2011, according to the city's No. 2 Intermediate People's court.

Chen allegedly accepted bribes while supervising construction work in Songjiang.

He was later transferred to be the deputy head of the government in Putuo district, also in Shanghai, before being detained last September.

Chen on Wednesday confessed to all charges against him.

The court said it will rule later, without giving a timetable.

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