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Official charged with taking millions in bribes

By LI Wenfang (Chinadaily.com.cn)

08:34, May 17, 2012

A former top legislator of Maoming, Guangdong province, was brought before a local court on charges of bribery on May 15.

Zhu Yuying, former vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Maoming Municipal People’s Congress, was charged at the Guangzhou Railway Transport Intermediate People’s Court for taking and offering bribes.

Zhu was alleged to have received 12.38 million yuan ($1.96 million), HK$3.6 million ($463,350) and $200,000, including an excavator from a construction project contractor.

According to the court, he allegedly took bribes from 57 local officials while acting as secretary of the Party committee of Xinyi, a county-level city in Maoming, Guangdong.

In exchange, he offered to help officials get promotions and secure construction projects, according to the Guangdong provincial procuratorate.

He took a total of 560,000 yuan and $150,000 over the course of his relationship with one official, whom Zhu helped raise from Party chief of a small town to deputy mayor of Xinyi.

He himself was promoted to vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Maoming City People’s Congress after he gave HK$200,000 to Luo Yinguo, Party secretary of Maoming, who also under investigation.

Zhu told the investigators that after he became the Party secretary of Xinyi, he found he owned so little compared to others after working for so many years.

Out of fear, he said avoided using any of the bribes, which were all deposited in a bank account under a friend’s name.

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