CHINA Former Inner Mongolia senior political advisor stands trial

CHINA

Former Inner Mongolia senior political advisor stands trial

Xinhua

18:16, May 27, 2021

Ma Ming (C) stands trail on May 27, 2021. (Photo provided to People's Daily)

JINAN, May 27 (Xinhua) -- Ma Ming, the former vice chairman of the Inner Mongolia regional committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, stood trial Thursday at the Intermediate People's Court of Zibo City in east China's Shandong Province. Ma was on trial for taking bribes.

Ma stands accused of taking advantage of various positions from 2000 to 2019 to seek benefits for others regarding business operations, job promotions, case handling, and loan granting.

Ma accepted 157.85 million yuan (about 24.65 million U.S. dollars) worth of money and valuables, the prosecutors said.

During the court trial, prosecutors presented evidence, and the defendant and his lawyers cross-examined the evidence. Both sides gave their respective full accounts.

Ma pleaded guilty and expressed remorse in his final statement.

The trial was attended by legislators, political advisors, the press, and members of the public.

The sentence will be announced at a later date.

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