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Anti-corruption boss took 34m yuan in bribes

A FORMER anti-corruption chief stood trial today on charges of taking 34 million yuan (US$.98 million) in bribes – halfway to his goal of making 60 million yuan before retiring.

Ye Shuyang, former police chief of Shaoguan City in Guangdong Province, admitted the charges at Heyuan Intermediate People's Court this morning. Ye confessed that he planned to give his son and daughter 20 million yuan each, saving 20 million yuan for his retirement.

Ye's defense lawyer said the 54-year old official did not take that much money and said his confession during the investigation deserved a lighter punishment. The trial is set to last two days.

He allegedly offered protection to a series of illegal businesses, including prostitution, gambling and narcotics, reported today's Yangcheng Evening News.

Born into a poor family, Ye said he never wore shoes and underpants before high school because of the cost. He worked his way up to become a county chief in 1984 when he was only 28 years old.


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