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Chengguan defends his bribe taking, tells court he didn’t want to offend

By Zhou Ping (Global Times)

08:16, November 20, 2012

The head of an urban management brigade in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong Province, told his bribery trial that he had to accept money so as to not offend the "powerful" middlemen, the Guangzhou Daily reported Monday.

Wang Baolin, 49, former head of the urban management brigade of Taihe township in the city's Baiyun district, is charged of taking 4.32 million yuan ($692,919) in bribes and 500 grams of gold products from people who built illegal buildings.

Wang went to work as an urban management officer, or chengguan, after he was discharged from the army in 2005 and was promoted to head in 2009.

The chengguan officer was suspended from his position and received an administrative demerit in accordance to the related rules late last year. Wang then turned himself in to the local prosecutor's office.

Wang's bank account had ballooned to 20.71 million yuan by 2011, 9.5 million yuan of which he proved came from legal sources. He is charged with accepting 4.32 million yuan in bribes but some 6.89 million yuan remained unexplained.

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