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Chongqing officials face charges

TWO former deputy directors of the public security bureau in Chongqing Municipality will be prosecuted next month, Chongqing's Procurator Yu Min said yesterday.

Wen Qiang, formerly the No. 2 figure in Chongqing's police force and director of the justice bureau before his arrest, and Peng Changjian are among the 52 public servants who are being investigated for shielding gangs, Yu said.

Among the 52, 49 will face charges of embezzling public funds and taking bribes. The other three will face charges of misconduct in office.

Among them, 29 were police officers and 30 were officials at the county or provincial level.

Wen allegedly provided a "protective umbrella" for gangs, and was also suspected to be involved in rape, money laundering, disguising or concealing the proceeds of crime, illegally holding firearms, offering loans at high interest rates, forging official and enterprise seals, introducing women to prostitution and taking bribes.

Peng allegedly took bribes and offered assistance to illegal business operations.


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