China indicts four senior officials for graft

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Beijing, May 6 (IANS) Chinese prosecutors have filed corruption indictments against Zhang Lijun, former vice minister of environmental protection, and three provincial-level officials for accepting bribes.

Prosecutors in the four cases accused the suspects of taking advantage of their posts to seek benefits for others and accepting “huge amounts” in bribes.

A statement issued by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) on Friday said all four were charged with accepting bribes, Xinhua news agency reported.

Zhang’s case was investigated by SPP prosecutors and later transferred to a lower-level procuratorate in Beijing to launch the indictment.

The three cases were transferred to city-level procuratorates for indictments.

The defendants have been informed of their litigation rights and questioned by the prosecutors, who have heard representations from the defendants’ lawyers in each case.

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