Sunday, July 29, 2007

China: Corrupt transport official goes on trial

Corrupt transport official goes on trial in SW China 2007-06-06 13:21:26

KUNMING, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Hu Xing, former deputy director of Yunnan Provincial Transport Bureau, went on trial on Friday for charges including bribe-taking.
The trial was held at the Intermediate People's Court of Kunming, capital city of Yunnan.
Hu Xing, who fled to Singapore to escape police, allegedly abused his position to take more than 40 million yuan (5.2 million U.S. dollars) in bribes. He was also accused of taking advantage of his post to help his relatives profit from business activities, keeping a mistress, having "unlawful sexual relationships" with other women.
Hu disappeared in January while local authorities were investigating a major economic crime, in which he was suspected of involvement.
Hu, born in Oct. 1958, had served as deputy director of the Yunnan Provincial Transport Department since Nov. 2004, and previously served as vice mayor of Kunming.
His responsibilities in the provincial government mainly concerned roads and transportation, and he was in charge of city planning and construction during his tenure as vice mayor of Kunming.
Hu was captured in Singapore on Feb. 18.
Editor: Bi Mingxin

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