China: China charges former top corruption inspector with taking US$71 million in bribes

A former senior inspector at China’s top anti-corruption agency has been charged with accepting 460 million yuan (US$71 million) in bribes.

Dong Hong, who until 2018 was deputy leader of the central inspection team of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) – the Communist Party’s top anti-corruption watchdog – faced trial on Thursday at the Intermediate People’s Court of Qingdao, eastern China, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

His trial drew national attention because he is a former personal aide to Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan and before that to party elder Bo Yibo.

The prosecutors said that Dong, 67, should be held criminally responsible for accepting bribes totalling 460 million yuan, either directly or through third parties, in almost every position he held in the last two decades of his political career, CCTV reported.

According to the prosecutors, Dong’s corruption started as early as 1999, when he was secretary to Wang and joined the liquidation team after Wang was sent to deal with the aftermath of the bankruptcy of state firm Guangdong International Trust and Investment Company.

He continued to accept bribes in leading positions on the Hainan provincial party committee, in Beijing’s municipal government, at the party’s Central Literature Research Office, and on the CCDI’s central inspection team, prosecutors said.

Dong appeared pale and thin in a photograph at the trial released by state news agency Xinhua. The court said Dong “confessed to his crimes and expressed repentance”.

The original full article can be found at scmp.com

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