Monday, January 18, 2021

China: Former political advisor Wenli stands trial for bribery

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Ai Wenli, a former Chinese provincial political advisor, stood trial Thursday for taking bribes of over 64.78 million yuan (about 9.44 million U.S. dollars), at a court in the central province of Jiangsu.

Ai, former vice chairman of the Hebei Provincial Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, turned himself in to the Communist Party of China Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Supervisory Commission in June 2018.

He was accused of taking advantage of his positions to benefit others in enterprise restructuring, project development and job providing between 2005 and 2013, and in return accepting money and property personally or through others between 2006 and 2014.

Prosecutors, the defendant and his lawyers cross-examined evidence and gave full testimonies.

Ai pleaded guilty and expressed remorse in his final statement.

More than 50 people, including Ai’s family, legislators, journalists and members of the public attended the trial. The verdict will be announced at a later date.

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