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Ex-official denies bribe

A FORMER city official denied at an appeal hearing yesterday accepting a 100,000 yuan (US$15,152) bribe to help a company secure construction qualification licenses.

Liang Lingyun, former deputy director of the inspection office under the Shanghai Urban and Rural Construction and Transport Commission, told the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court the cash came from the boss of the company involved to pay for bogus staff certificates.

Construction qualification licenses confirm a level of expertise. To secure these, a company must have staff with appropriate skills.

Liang, 49, had been sentenced to eight years in prison for taking bribes and trading fake government certificates at the first-instance trial.

He said he met the owner of the construction company involved, a man surnamed Mei, at a dinner in 2009. Mei asked for help obtaining licenses after an application was rejected because his company did not employ enough engineers.

Liang then visited a man surnamed Wang, who boasted he could obtain employee certificates. Mei required 20 certificates with a total price of 480,000 yuan. Wang provided bogus documents.

"Mei paid to me in advance because he wasn't sure whether the certificates would be accepted," said Liang. "After Mei's company was granted licenses, I would pay Wang."

Liang said the money prosecutors accused him of taking as a bribe was in fact this cash. But prosecutors said Liang offered 7,000 yuan to two officers who handled the license approval. It was unreasonable he would offer money to others yet take nothing himself, prosecutors said.

No verdict was announced.


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