Xu Maiyong stood trail on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and misuse of power. (Photo courtesy of the West Lake International Expo in Hangzhou)
A former vice mayor in east China's Zhejiang province stood trial from Wednesday to Friday this week (Mar. 16-18) on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and misuse of power.
The case of Xu Maiyong, 52, former vice mayor of the provincial capital Hangzhou, was heard in the Intermediate People's Court of Ningbo city in Zhejiang. No verdict was handed down on Friday.
The People's Procuratorate of Ningbo accused Xu of accepting bribes worth more than 160 million yuan (US$24.4 million) from companies and businessmen during his time as vice mayor in Xiaoshan city, the head of Xihu district in Hangzhou and as vice mayor of Hangzhou from 1995 to 2004.
In return, Xu helped the companies obtain land-use rights, preferential taxation policies and project contracts, procurators said.
Xu was also accused of embezzling more than 53 million yuan (US$8.07m) in state property when he served as president of Hangzhou Jingang Industry Co Ltd.
Furthermore, he illegally returned 71 million yuan (US$10.8m) in land transfer fees to land users, thereby causing major losses in state property, said procurators.
Xu was removed from his post for investigation in April 2009.
Xu Maiyong 許邁永