Former vice-governor accused of taking cash to help facilitate company loans A former vice-governor of Zhejiang province has appeared in court in Hangzhou accused of taking bribes and abusing his power. Wang Zhonglu , 74, appeared in the Intermediate People's Court on Wednesday after being arrested in August last year, the Oriental Morning Post reported. He was expelled from the Communist Party after his arrest, which came three years after he retired from office. Wang became vice-governor in 1987, and worked from 1993-98 as the party secretary and chairman of the board and general manager of the state-owned Zhejiang International Trust and Investment Corporation. The prosecutor said Wang had accepted bribes of 390,000 yuan between 1993 and 1998 by arranging for other companies to receive substantial loans and financial guarantees from banks without completing formal procedures. In 1993 and 1994, Wang committed offences concerning three property development projects, which resulted in a loss of 44.47 million yuan to the company, it is alleged. His son also received huge bribes, including 4.5 million yuan, HK$ 1.17 million, US$100,000 and a Mercedes-Benz worth US$83,000, according to prosecutors. Wang, who was also accused of dereliction of duty and leading a dissolute lifestyle, is one of 12 top officials arrested or punished on the mainland last year. Another official, Liu Fangren , former party secretary of Guizhou province , was jailed for life on Tuesday in Beijing. The court convicted Liu of taking bribes totalling 6.7 million yuan between 1995 and 2002, Xinhua reported.