Shenyang's former mayor, Mu Suixin, went on trial yesterday for allegedly accepting bribes and failing to clarify the sources of huge assets, Xinhua reported. Four other former city officials also stood trial for bribery in various cities in Liaoning province, Xinhua said. Mu was sacked from his post in December and was formally charged this month. The report did not say how long the trial would last, but analysts expected he would receive a heavy sentence. Mu is accused of being involved in widespread corruption and allegedly had close links with local underworld figures. More than 20 top city officials who previously headed police, prosecutions court and finance departments have been arrested since Mu's downfall. Details on the scope and extent of the alleged corruption in Shenyang have shocked the country. Other officials on trial yesterday included Jia Yongxiang, the city's top judge, and Jiao Meigui, ex-deputy president of the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court. Xinhua said Ma Xiangdong, former vice-mayor of Shenyang, and several other top government officials of Shenyang would go on trial in the eastern province of Jiangsu, due to jurisdiction reasons. Ma, a close aide to Mu, was arrested in June 1999 after gambling tens of millions of yuan in Macau casinos.