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Bribe-taking police chief pleads guilty

YE Shuyang, former police chief of Shaoguan City in Guangdong Province, pled guilty at Heyuan Intermediate People's Court yesterday morning when he stood trial on charges of taking 34 million yuan (US$5 million) in bribes.

Dubbed by media the "most aspiring" suspected corrupt official in China, Ye had the brazen ambition to pull 60 million yuan before retiring.

On court, Ye confessed that he was planning to allocate his son and daughter 20 million yuan each and himself another 20 million yuan for his retirement.

All Ye's family members were present at the court. Ye's defending lawyer said the 54-year-old official did not take that much money. The lawyer also noted that Ye's confession during the investigation deserved a lighter punishment. The trial is to last two days.

Ye worked out a set of rules to reduce risks of being caught. He never asked for bribes, never offended bribers, and never received the money before he was sure he could provide preferential treatments, reported the Yangcheng Evening News.

He allegedly offered protection to a series of illegal businesses, including prostitution, gambling and narcotics.

Born into a poor family, Ye said he had never worn shoes and underpants before entering high school because he couldn't afford them.

He struggled his way up and became a county chief in 1984 when he was only 28.

Prosecutors said Ye confessed he could receive millions of yuan worth of gifts in festivals and holidays and he could not even remember who sent them.

Taking huge bribes in 20 years, Ye's crimes went undiscovered until the end of 2008. Meantime, he became the chief of local government's anti-corruption task force.


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