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Former Inner Mongolia senior political advisor stands trial

Ma Ming, former vice-chairman of the Inner Mongolia regional committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, stood trial on Thursday at the Intermediate People’s Court of Zibo City in east China’s Shandong Province.

Ming was on trial for taking bribes.

Ming stands accused of taking advantage of various positions from 2000 to 2019 to seek benefits for others regarding business operations, job promotions, case handling and loan granting.

Ming accepted 157.85 million yuan (about $24.65 million) worth of money and valuables, the prosecutors said.

During the court trial, prosecutors presented evidence and the defendant, with his lawyers, cross-examined the evidence.

Both sides gave their respective full accounts.

Ming pleaded guilty and expressed remorse in his final statement.

The trial was attended by legislators, political advisors, the press and members of the public.

The sentence would be announced at a later date.

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