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Oct 15, 2021 09:13 PM
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Former China Deputy Energy Chief Admits to Taking Bribes for Decades

What’s new: Liu Baohua (刘宝华), a former deputy head of the National Energy Administration (NEA), stood trial Thursday in Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, facing charges of taking bribes worth more than 70 million yuan ($10.9 million).

Prosecutors accused Liu, 58, of accepting bribes from 2000 to 2020 while in government posts in the former State Economic and Trade Commission, the former State Electricity Regulatory Commission and the NEA.

He was charged with taking advantage of his roles to offer favors to those engaged in enterprise restructuring, company operations, project contracting, as well as enrolling children in school.

The former senior energy regulator admitted his guilt during the trial at the Qingdao Intermediate People’s Court. The court said a verdict will be announced at a later date.

The background: Liu had served as the NEA’s deputy chief for about three years before the country’s top graft watchdog announced his expulsion from the Communist Party in April, removing him from public office for alleged corruption and bribery.

Last October, he was put under investigation for “serious violations of party discipline and law,” the standard term used for corruption.

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Contact reporter Wang Xintong (xintongwang@caixin.com) and editor Heather Mowbray (heathermowbray@caixin.com)

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