Former head of China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), Jiang Jiemin, went on trial this morning at the Hanjiang Intermediate People's Court in Hubei province in China.
Jiang’s trial began at 8.30am and he was questioned over the transfer of a large sum of money from CNPC to the families of two injured victims during a crash, reported The South China Morning Post.
In 2013, he was accused of bribery, abuse of power and having huge amounts of unaccountable assets while working in the Chinese state-owned oil company, CNPC.
Since then, he has been under investigation and the country’s corruption watchdog division, Central Commission Discipline Inspection (CCDI), has closely watched him.
The South China Morning Post said it was unclear how long the trial will last, but typically cases can take only a day or two to be heard, with a verdict delivered a few weeks later.
Jiang was also considered an ally of former security chief Zhou Yongkau who faced similar charges in 2013. Following the investigation, Jiang was expelled from the Communist Party of China where he was a member.
He was appointed the chairman of PetroChina Ltd., in 1999 and became CNPC’s general manager in 2006. Jiang also served as vice-governor for five years in the Qinghai province located in the northwest of China.
Jiang headed a government commission that oversees state-owned firms for about five month before getting sacked for corruption in September 2013, the state news agency Xinhua reported.
In March, Liao Yongyuan, vice chairman of PetroChina was also caught under corruption probe. He is now being investigated by CCDI for suspected severe violation of relevant discipline and laws.
Image: Jiang Jiemin trial. From The South China Morning Post.
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