Date
19 September 2017
Former NDRC official Liu Tienan is brought before the Langfang City Intermediate People's Court in Hebei province. He and his son are facing bribery charges. Photo: Langfang City Intermediate People's Court
Former NDRC official Liu Tienan is brought before the Langfang City Intermediate People's Court in Hebei province. He and his son are facing bribery charges. Photo: Langfang City Intermediate People's Court

Former NDRC official, son, on trial for bribery

A former senior official of China’s top economic planning agency is on trial for allegedly taking bribes and offering advantages to companies including a Toyota Motor Corp. joint venture, Sina.com reported Wednesday.

Liu Tienan, a former deputy chief of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) abused his position between 2002 and 2012 to benefit five companies in exchange for 35.58 million yuan (US$5.77 million), the report said, citing the Langfang City Intermediate Court in Hebei province.

Liu is facing charges with his son, Liu Decheng.

The elder Liu allegedly received 40,000 yuan in 2003 and 2003 for helping Nanshan Group get approval for a project, the report said.

In 2005, Liu helped facilitate the sale of 30,000 tons of aluminium oxide to the Nanshan Group, parent of Shandong Nanshan Aluminium Co. Ltd., to a subsidiary of Aluminum Corp of China.

In return, Liu was allegedly paid 7.5 million yuan by Song Zuowen, chairman of Nanshan Group.

Liu also offered advantages to Zhang Aibin, the controlling shareholder of a car dealership in Beijing, for talking with Zhang Fangyou, chairman of GAC Toyota Motor Co. Ltd., to set up a GAC Toyota Motor shop, according to the court.

GAC Toyota Motor Co. Ltd. is a joint venture between GAC Group and Toyota,

Zhang offered Liu Decheng 30 percent of a car dealership and paid him 10 million yuan to buy back Liu’s shares later, the report said.

The Lius are also accused of receiving various cash gifts. Liu Decheng received a Nissan Teana, a Beijing villa and a Porsche, the court said.

Liu was sacked from the NDRC in May 2013 after a deputy editor of Caijing magazine accused Liu of illegal activities on his microblog.

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