Nov 01, 2011

Southern Mongolia: Trial Reveals Lengthy Corruption

A year after his arrest, the trial of a state official reveals the length and extent of corruption in the administration of Southern Mongolia – particularly as the region remains tense after the death of a Mongol herder.


Below is an article published by the People’s Daily Online:


A former senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region went on trial on Monday [31 October 2011] over corruption charges, a local court said.


Bai Zhiming, former deputy secretary-general of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Regional Committee of the CPC, was charged with accepting 10.5 million yuan (1.7 million U.S. dollars) in bribes between 2001 and 2008, according to a statement released by the Intermediate People's Court in the city of Chifeng.


The 57-year-old was also accused of possessing public assets worth 5 million yuan during the seven-year period, during which he also held several other government posts.


He gained 7.6 million yuan in illegal earnings and had another 7.4 million yuan for which a source could not be identified, prosecutors said in the statement.


Police also seized a hunting gun and 177 bullets after arresting him in November last year, it said.