China's former railways minister Liu Zhijun stood
trial for corruption Sunday, the official news agency Xinhua
Liu, 60, was charged in April with bribery and abuse of power.
He is alleged to have accepted 65 million yuan (10.5 million dollars) in bribes and to have helped 11 people win contracts or promotions.
Xinhua quoted the indictment as saying, "Liu's malpractice led to huge losses of public assets and damage to the interests of the state and people," with the incidents taking place between 1986 and 2011.
Liu, who was appointed railways minister in 2003, was sacked in February 2011 over suspicions of "serious disciplinary violations."
He could face the death penalty or life imprisonment if convicted.
No date has been announced for the verdict. The case is the first of such a high-profile nature since the appointment of President Xi Jinping, who has pledged to crack down on corruption.
Most Popular Stories
- Paniagua Wins Grand Prize in Young Artists Program
- Yaris Adds French Flair for US Market
- German Intelligence Blames Ukraine Rebels for MH17
- Cable TV Not Going Away, Says Cable TV
- IBM to Pay Big to Unload Chip Division
- Sub Hunt Brings Cold War Chill Back to Baltic
- Turkey to Help Kurds Reach Fight in Kobani
- Kerry Cites Moral Need in Weapons Air Drop
- Cowboys Turn Back Clock to Glory Days
- Perez Leads Push for Obama's Job Proposals