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Shanghai People's Congress delegate to go on trial for drink-driving

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 2:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 February, 2014, 3:59pm

A Shanghai municipal congress delegate who is accused of driving drunk is awaiting trial on bail, Xinhua Shanghai Bureau wrote on its official Sina Weibo account this morning.

Shanghai police told Xinhua news agency that Yan Jianjun, a delegate of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, was approved to be released on bail on Tuesday by the standing committee of the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress, after being charged with drink-driving.

Yan is awaiting trial for allegedly driving while drunk, Xinhua posted on its weibo.

Yan published an apology on Wednesday on his company's official website, vowing to stay off alcohol while driving. According to his letter he says he was arrested by Shanghai's Changning Police Bureau when he was on his way home on the night of January 5.

Drunk drivers have faced harsh punishments, including losing their driving licence for at least five years, since China introduced the amendment to the Road Traffic Safety Law in 2011.

The municipal congress has not yet announced if Yan had been removed from his position in congress.

Six delegates of the National People’s Congress and three delegates of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference have been removed from the conferences amid the recent anti-graft campaign, Tai Kung Pao newspaper reported last Thursday.

With assets worth an estimated 5 billion yuan (HK$6.33 billion), Yan ranked 242nd in the China Rich List 2013 published by a Guangdong-based monthly magazine New Fortune, Xinhua reported last month.

Yan is still listed as the president of Shanghai-based Zeta Group on the company’s official website. According to the website, the company was established in 1994, and covers various industries including electric power, national defence, communication, infrastructure, and finance.

The company says on its website that it has participated in national key projects including Olympic stadiums, Beijing Airport, the Shanghai-Nanjing highway, and a Myanmar state power station.