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Former top cop admits taking bribes

A FORMER police chief in Chongqing Municipality pleaded guilty to taking bribes when he stood trial today, but denied that he protected the city's criminal gangs.

Prosecutors said Peng Changjiang, 47, former deputy director of the city's Public Security Bureau, received more than 4.71 million yuan (US$696,939) from his subordinates who sought promotion and three gang masters in exchange for his protection.

Peng told Chongqing No.1 Intermediate People's Court that he took the money, yet said he did not provide protection for Ma Dang, Yue Ning, and Wang Xiaojun, who have been convicted of running criminal rings and prostitution dens.

According to the indictment, Peng could not account for the source of more than 4.67 million yuan in assets.

The court did not reach a verdict today.

Meanwhile, Chongqing Higher People's Court today upheld a 20-year jail sentence against a mob boss named Li Qiang who ran the city's public transport. He was also fined 5.2 million yuan.


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