|Former top China official charged with bribery
The former deputy chief of China's top economic planning agency was charged with bribery Monday, authorities said, becoming the highest-ranking official to date to face criminal charges in the current graft crackdown.
Prosecutors in Langfang laid the charges against Liu Tienan, the onetime deputy director of China's National Development and Reform Commission, the Supreme People's Procuratorate said in a statement on its website.
Liu sought benefits for others by taking advantage of his position, and accepted "an extremely large amount'' of financial incentives, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the indictment as saying.
He was placed under investigation last August after being expelled from the ruling Communist Party.
Chinese president Xi Jinping took office last year vowing to root out corrupt officials ranging from high-ranking "tigers'' to low-level "flies'', and warning that graft could destroy the party.
Corruption causes widespread public anger in China and the drive has been widely publicized, but critics say no systemic reforms have been introduced to combat the endemic scourge, while citizen activists calling for such measures ave been jailed on public order offenses.
Allegations against Liu first surfaced two years ago when a journalist at an influential business magazine accused him of fraud, graft and sending death threats.
China's National Energy Administration, where Liu was formerly party chief, denied those accusations at the time. --AFP