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Former Party chief of Liaoning stands trial for graft

(Xinhua)    20:23, July 21, 2017

Wang Min, former Communist Party of China (CPC) chief of northeast China's Liaoning Province and senior national legislator, stood trial for bribery, corruption and negligence of duty Friday.

Wang was accused of abusing his power to help others with business and promotions, among other offences, and accepting money and valuables worth more than 146 million yuan (21.7 million U.S. dollars) personally or through others when he served in senior positions in Jilin and Liaoning provinces between 2004 and 2016, according to the trial held at Luoyang Intermediate People's Court in central China's Henan Province.

Prosecutors alleged that Wang embezzled 1 million yuan for personal use when he was Party chief of Jilin Province in November 2009.

Wang was also charged with dereliction of duty. During his time as Liaoning Party chief, Wang failed to properly supervise local elections and was responsible for serious election fraud including vote buying, according to the indictment.

His negligence undermined the election system, resulting in "major losses in the national and public interest and had an especially vile social impact," it added.

Wang was vice chairman of the Education, Science, Culture and Public Health Committee of the 12th National People's Congress after leaving the post of Liaoning Party chief.

Wang pleaded guilty and expressed remorse.

More than 60 people attended the trial, including legislators, political advisors, journalists and members of the public.

The verdict will be announced at a later date.

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