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Wang Lijun stands trial for four charges

(Xinhua)

14:51, September 18, 2012

CHENGDU, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Wang Lijun, Chongqing's former vice mayor and former police chief, stood an open trial on Tuesday in a court in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, for bribe-taking and bending the law for selfish ends.

The Chengdu City Intermediate People's Court held a closed-door trial on Monday on Wang's two other charges of defection and abuse of power.

According to the indictment of the Chengdu City People's Procuratorate, the defendant Wang Lijun, then-chief of Chongqing's Public Security Bureau, had neglected his duty of investigating and suppressing criminal acts and bent the law for personal gain.

Prosecutors said Wang knew perfectly well that Bogu Kailai was under serious suspicion of intentional homicide, but he deliberately covered up for her so that Bogu Kailai would not be held legally responsible.

The circumstances are especially serious. His behavior has violated Clause one of Article 399 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China, prosecutors said.

They added that Wang, as a state functionary who knew state secrets, left his post without authorization and defected to another country's consulate while he was performing his official duty.

These circumstances are also serious. His behavior has violated Article 109 of the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China, according to prosecutors.

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