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Anhui city land boss charged with corruption

Prosecutors in east China's Anhui Province have charged a former head of Ma'anshan City Land and Resources Bureau with taking 17 million (US$2.49 million) yuan in bribes.

Wang Haifeng, who had been the head of Ma'anshan Land and Resources Bureau since August 2001, was arrested on January 24. The prosecutors brought the case to court after completing investigations, Procuratorial Daily reported yesterday.

Wang was governor of the city's Huashan District from October 1995 to 2001.

The 55-year-old official took his first bribe in 1999, according to his indictment. Then he started to receive bribes in cash, property and luxuries that snowballed to more than 17 million yuan in his 10-year tenure.

Most of the 40 bribers were property developers or mining bosses, and prosecutors said Wang usurped his power to gain unlawful profits for them in land purchase deals.

The prosecutors said Wang also solicited for bribes instead of borrowing money. The indictment said Wang borrowed 2 million yuan from a mining boss but refused requests to repay the money.


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