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Prosecutors beat me during interrogation, former county party chief on trial testifies

Kuang Guanghua, ex-chief of a county in Jiangxi, denies all the charges against him in court and makes an allegation of his own

PUBLISHED : Friday, 15 August, 2014, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 7:08pm

A former county chief accused of abusing his power and accepting bribes has not only denied all the charges against him, but also claims he was tortured by prosecutors during interrogation, mainland media reports.

Kuang Guanghua, former Communist Party chief of Anyuan county in Jiangxi province, testified during yesterday’s trial that the charges against him were a part of a revenge plot by local officials after a meeting he had set up failed to produce a deal to help the wife of disgraced former Jiangxi party boss Su Rong, The Beijing News reports.

Kuang is charged with accepting bribes totalling 6.95 million yuan (HK$8.75 million) while he served as the top official in Anyuan and Huichang counties from 2005 to last year.

While testifying in Ganzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Kuang also showed bruises on his waist and legs, claiming that he was beaten during the prosecutors’ interrogation, the newspaper said.

“They beat me and threatened to arrest my wife and child if I refused to confess,” Kuang was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

An official from the Ganzhou Commission for Discipline Inspection said they were aware of the report, but refused to comment.

Su – a former vice-chairman of the China People’s Political Consultative Conference, the nation’s top political advisory body – is one of the highest-level officials brought down this year in the anti-graft campaign that President Xi Jinping called for.

Su, Jiangxi’s party chief from 2008 until March last year when he was promoted to the national leadership, has been under investigation for corruption since June.

Kuang also testified yesterday that he was requested by an official of the Ganzhou government, which oversees Anyuan county, to mediate a deal in 2012 for Su’s wife, the newspaper said, but didn’t name the official.

Su was trying to buy a molybdenum mine in the county, and Kuang said he introduced the mine owner to people sent by Su’s wife. The deal fell through, however, when the sides couldn’t agree on the price, according to the newspaper.

The trial is continuing.