CHINA Former vice governor stands trial for bribery

CHINA

Former vice governor stands trial for bribery

Xinhua

21:10, July 16, 2021

CHONGQING, July 16 (Xinhua) - Wen Guodong, former vice governor of northwest China's Qinghai Province, stood trial for bribery at the First Intermediate People's Court of Chongqing Municipality Friday.

Wen Guodong (Photo: People's Daily app)

Wen stood accused of taking advantage of his Party and government positions to seek benefits for others in enterprise operations and project contracting between 2009 and 2020.

In return, Wen accepted money and gifts worth more than 19.9 million yuan (about 3.08 million U.S. dollars).

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence. This evidence was, in turn, examined by the defendant and his lawyers. Each side gave its own complete account.

In his final statement, Wen pleaded guilty and expressed remorse.

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

Wen's sentence will be announced at a later date.

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