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Ex-principal of Tongji blames revenge for bribery case

A FORMER Tongji University principal convicted of taking bribes has told an appeal court that the case was due to an investor in his school taking revenge.

Lu Hongyan, former vice principal of Tongji's continuing education school and former principal of Tongji's Huxi School, was appealing against his 11 ?-year jail sentence yesterday at Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court, today's Oriental Morning Post reported.

He was convicted last month of taking 330,000 yuan (US$48,340) in bribes by Yangpu District People's Court. The intermediate court didn't announce a second verdict yesterday.
Lu admitted he had taken bribes of 130,000 yuan, but said the rest was due to returns from the stock market.

However, prosecutors argued that the stock certificates Lu produced in court were faked.

Lu blamed the bribery charges on an investor surnamed Shi, who had given 50 million yuan to Huxi School.

He said Shi was taking revenge because Lu had asked Tongji to shut down the school after receiving a string of public complaints about illegally recruiting students. Lu was detained shortly after his shutdown request was approved by Tongji University, he said.


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