Former Shenzhen statistics official on trial for taking bribes

2008-07-17 19:17:15 GMT       2008-07-18 03:17:15 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

SHENZHEN, July 17 (Xinhua) -- A former official of Shenzhen Statistical Information Bureau stood on trial on Thursday for taking bribes totaling more than 1 million yuan (about 142,900 U.S. dollars).

Zhou Li was accused of taking bribes from Shenzhen Liming Networks Systems Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Kejian Group Co., Ltd. from 1995 to 2003, according to the intermediate people's court ofShenzhen City.

Zhou gave the two companies preferential treatment by taking advantage of his position in exchange for money, the court heard.

In 1997 and 1998, Zhou made two trips to New Zealand to visit his wife and son under the pretence of "inspection". He was paid in total 90,000 U.S. dollars from the two companies for both trips.

In 2003, Zhou bought a condo in Shenzhen under the name of his ex-wife and daughter. A man from the Liming Networks Systems Co., Ltd. got Zhou's hint and paid 530,000 yuan for the condo, the court was told Zhou pleaded guilty at the court.

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