Former vice publicity chief stands trial for bribery

Source: Xinhua| 2018-10-19 14:13:57|Editor: ZD
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HANGZHOU, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Lu Wei, former deputy head of the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, stood trial for taking bribes at the Intermediate People's Court of Ningbo in east China's Zhejiang Province Friday.

Lu was charged with accepting money and property worth more than 32 million yuan (about 4.6 million U.S. dollars) personally or through others, according to prosecutors.

He allegedly took advantage of his position of power to benefit organizations and individuals on matters related to internet management and personal promotion between 2002 and 2017, when he successively held different posts.

Evidence was cross-examined by prosecutors and his defense lawyers, according to the court's statement.

In his final statement, the defendant confessed and expressed remorse in court.

The trial was attended by more than 60 people including national and local legislators, political advisors, press and members of the public.

The verdict will be announced in due course.

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