Friday, January 15, 2021

Former senior provincial legislator accused of taking $9.48 million bribes for government contracts

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Xiang Lili, a former senior legislator of central China’s Hunan Province, stood trial Thursday at the Intermediate People’s Court of Liuzhou in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for taking bribes.

Xiang, former vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Provincial People’s Congress of Hunan, was accused of taking advantage of various positions he held from 2001 to 2018 to seek benefits for certain organizations and individuals in project contracting, enterprise restructuring and other affairs.

In return, Xiang accepted a total of 66.67 million yuan (about 9.48 million U.S. dollars) worth of money and valuables from 2003 to 2019, according to the prosecutors.

Xiang pleaded guilty and expressed remorse in his final statement.

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

Xiang’s sentence will be announced at a later date.

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