The former head of Guangdong's highest court is to be handed over to state prosecutors to face corruption charges. Xinhua reported that Mai Chongkai, former president of the Guangdong Supreme People's Court, had been accused of accepting bribes totalling 11.87 million yuan (HK$11.1 million). The report said Mai personally accepted bribes worth 1.74 million yuan and secured another 10.13 million yuan in collusion with his son, who was not named. Mai is also accused of using his influence to help his son secure bank loans to support his business. The report additionally alleged that Mai had been 'morally degenerate and led a dissolute life'. Mai served in Guangdong's highest court for more than nine years, from January 1989 to February 1998, making him one of the highest-ranking judicial officers to be arrested for corruption on the mainland. In addition to his position in the court, Mai also served as vice-party secretary of the Guangdong Party Committee's Judicial Committee. Court and provincial news office officials refused to comment on Mai's case. In the run-up the 16th Communist Party Congress, now just two weeks away, the government wants to appease popular anger about corruption, which remains widespread on the mainland. Allegations of corruption have recently been levelled against many high-profile officials, including the missing Gao Yan, director of China's giant State Power Corporation. The Xinhua report said the investigation of Mai was conducted by the Central Committee's Disciplinary Inspection Commission in co-operation with the Guangdong Supreme People's Court and the Guangdong Party Committee. Such internal party investigations and sanctions typically lead to formal state prosecutions and stiff penalties for the accused, who are basically presented to the courts guilty as charged. The Central Disciplinary Inspection Commission has revoked Mai's Communist Party membership. He will also lose his membership of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and Guangdong Provincial People's Congress.