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|Saturday, May 20, 2000, updated at 08:46(GMT+8)|
Two Corrupt Officials To Be Charged in East ChinaAn investigation into corruption cases involving two officials in east China's Zhejiang Province has concluded and the two were found guilty, an official from the provincial People's Procuratorate announced here today at a news conference.
The two will soon be indicted on charges of embezzling public funds, accepting bribes, and smuggling goods, the official added. Geng Yongxiang, former director general of customs for the cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou, was found to have accepted bribes worth 1.453 million yuan (175,000 U.S. dollars), 40,000 U.S. dollars, two diamond necklaces, and two diamond rings between 1992 and 1999.
Wei Baoguo, former commissar of the Zhejiang Provincial Frontier Defense Force, was found guilty of accepting bribes worth 115,000 yuan (13,855 dollars) and 1,200 U.S. dollars, and of being involved in smuggling 21,000 tons of rape seed in 1995 when he was commissar of the Ningbo Defense Checkpoint. The two officials have been arrested.
Five other related cases involving other officials were also discovered during the investigation, and the results of the inquest will be publicized soon, the official said.
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