Li Bo, the son of a former Yunnan provincial governor, appeared in court yesterday charged with accepting more than 16 million yuan (HK$15 million) in bribes. His father, Li Jiating, has already been given a suspended death sentence in connection with the case. One of the alleged bribes involved Hong Kong businessman Yang Rong, who is accused by Yunnan prosecutors of giving the Li family about seven million yuan between 1995 and 2000 in return for Li Jiating's assistance in his tobacco export and oil trading business in Yunnan. Yang, who allegedly earned millions of yuan from the trade, was tried separately last Tuesday. A verdict has not yet been announced. 'Li Bo didn't deny the facts in court,' said a court official who attended the trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Kunming. But Ma Jun, Li Bo's lawyer, said his client was merely an intermediary in the case. 'Yang managed to bribe [Li Jiating] through [Li Bo],' Mr Ma said. 'It's the father who has the final word, not his son.' Li Jiating was forced to resign as governor of Yunnan province two years ago. He was sentenced by a Beijing court this May after he was found guilty of taking 18.8 million yuan in bribes, and procuring millions of yuan in illegal income for his mistress, a married woman. The court said a death sentence was justified as the former governor's crimes were particularly serious given the large sum involved. However, the sentence was suspended because Li Jiating co-operated with the investigation and provided information. Mr Ma said the fate of Li Bo would depend on both the facts of his case and on the verdict in his father's case. Li Bo's trial is one of several high-profile cases involving official corruption in recent months. On April 23, Pan Guangtian, deputy chairman of the People's Political Consultative Conference in Shandong province, was imprisoned for life for taking 1.54 million yuan in bribes. On April 29, Cong Fukui, formerly deputy executive governor of Hebei province, was given a death sentence, also suspended for two years, for embezzling 9.36 million yuan.