Former vice governor of China's Henan pleads guilty to graft

Source: Xinhua| 2020-09-08 19:58:02|Editor: huaxia

QINGDAO, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Xu Guang, the former vice governor of central China's Henan Province, stood trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Qingdao, in east China's Shandong Province, on Tuesday, pleading guilty to charges of taking bribes while in public office.

Prosecutors accused Xu of taking advantage of his various positions, including Communist Party chief and mayor of the city of Zhoukou, to seek benefits for various companies and individuals in project contracting, business operations and job promotions between 2004 and 2018.

In return, he accepted money and gifts worth 12.65 million yuan (about 1.85 million U.S. dollars), according to prosecutors.

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

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

The trial was open to the public and was attended by legislators, political advisors, journalists and members of the public.

The sentence will be announced at a later date. Enditem