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Chongqing's top cop faces corruption trial

PROSECUTORS have filed suits against Chongqing's former top cop as the city's gang sweep entered a new phase.

After last week's convictions for gang leaders, Wen Qiang, former head of the Municipal Justice Bureau, has been charged with rape, bribery, possession of unexplained assets and protecting gangs.

Wen's trial will begin next Tuesday, the Beijing News quoted an insider as saying today.

Wen's wife Zhou Xiaoya will stand trial with her husband for taking bribes. She gave evidence that linked Wen with bribery after police showed her a video of her husband visiting underaged prostitutes.

Three subordinate police officers of Wen named Huang Daiqiang, Zhao Liming, and Chen Tao will also stand trial.

Wen, 54, was vice public security director for 16 years from 1992 to 2008. During his tenure, Chongqing police failed to quell rampant mafia-like gangs that conducted murder in broad daylight and pulled billions of yuan from casinos and extortion.

Wen's sister-in-law Xie Caiping, known as the "godmother" of the city's underworld, was jailed for 18 years last November for running casinos and bribery.


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