'Ruthless' ex drug regulator Wu Zhen admits 21m yuan graft

China | 30 May 2019 7:30 pm

Wu Zhen, the former deputy head of the now-defunct China food and drug administration, has pleaded guilty to taking bribes and abuse of power at his trial today at the Intermediate People's Court of Chengdu, in southwestern Sichuan province, Xinhua reports.

Wu was also among officials punished for the tainted children's vaccine scandal last year involving Changchun Changsheng Biotechnology, a major Chinese manufacturer of rabies vaccines.

Xinhua reported at the time, Wu was "ruthless to the people,'' and severely jeopardized the state’s supervision over drugs.

He was expelled form the Cummunist Party in February this year.

At his trial, Wu was accused of taking advantage of his various positions between 1996 and 2018 to provide assistance to units and individuals in getting approval for drugs or finding employment. In return, he illegally accepted money and goods worth more than 21.71 million yuan directly or through his relatives.

He was also charged with fraud in his work for personal purposes and abusing his power when he served as a senior official of the country's food and drug administration as well as the health authority, causing "huge losses" to the interests of the country and the people.

During the first-instance trial, the prosecutors, defendant, and the defense counsel cross-examined evidence given by the public prosecutors and gave their full accounts, said a statement from the court.

In his final statement, Wu pleaded guilty and expressed remorse.

The trial was attended by more than 50 people including legislators, political advisers, the press and members of the public.

The verdict will be announced in due course.-Xinhua/The Standard 

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