Former chief Prosecutor of Jilin province admitted to $6.67 million in bribes

Yang Keqin, the former chief Prosecutor of the Jilin people’s Prosecutor’s office, admitted to accepting bribes during an open trial at the Shijiazhuang intermediate municipal people’s court in Hebei province on Thursday, Xinhua reports.

According to the indictment, Yang was accused of illegally receiving money and gifts worth 46.35 million yuan (about $6.67 million) by taking advantage of his posts or convenience related to his status to help others make a profit between 2011 and 2019.

Yang sought profit for others in business operation, litigation disputes settlement and personnel promotion and illegally accepted huge amounts of property in return, said the statement, adding he took advantage of his power and influence to interfere in justice, damaging the image and credibility of the judicial organs.

During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence that the defendant and his lawyers examined in turn. Both sides described the events in detail.

In his last statement, Yang pleaded guilty and expressed regret. The trial was open to the public and was attended by lawmakers, political advisers, the press, and members of the public.

Early reported that Hu Huaibang, the former Chairman of China Development Bank (CDB) was accused of corruption, including bribery of 85.5 million yuan ($12 million). Prosecutors accused Hu that he used his powers to offer beneficial terms of doing business and lending to others in exchange for bribes between 2009 and 2019, when he was Chairman of the Bank of communications and CDB.