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Stats chief accepts corruption charges

THE former head of China’s statistics bureau has pleaded guilty to accepting the equivalent of US$22 million in bribes, a court said yesterday, the latest official to be brought down in President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption.

Wang Bao’an, also accused of “exchanging power for sex,” accepted the bribes between 1994 and 2016, abusing his power while chief of China’s National Bureau of Statistics and in other senior government positions, the Zhangjiakou Intermediate People’s Court heard.

Wang admitted his guilt and expressed regret, and the court added it would sentence him at a later date.

The bribes, totalling 154.28 million yuan (US$22.35 million), were accepted directly or through relatives in exchange for favors, including securing project approvals or job appointments.

Wang was deputy finance minister from 2012 until April 2015, when he took up the statistics bureau chief position.

China’s anti-corruption agency, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, first investigated Wang in January last year.

A statement last August announced Wang’s expulsion from the Communist Party, where the CCDI said Wang was “morally bankrupt” and lacking “political faith.”

As well as accepting gifts, property and bribes, he frequently stayed at expensive hotels, engaged in “superstitious activities” and “exchanged power for sex,” the agency said in the statement.

The Party has conducted a sweeping campaign to root out deeply ingrained corruption.







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