The former chairman of state-owned conglomerate China Resources has been formally indicted in Guangzhou on suspicion of corruption and taking bribes, state media reported yesterday. Song Lin, one of the most senior Hong Kong-based executives at a state-owned enterprise to be prosecuted by mainland authorities, would stand trial at the Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court, Xinhua reported. The report gave no date for the hearing. Song has been held for 31 months without charge – one of the longest periods of detention for any senior official – by the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist Party’s internal graft watchdog. Song was detained by the CCDI in April 2014 after repeated accusations in mainland media. Several acting and former senior executives of the company were later investigated for corruption. China Resources chairman Song Lin sacked in corruption scandal Xinhua said the Supreme People’s Procuratorate, the mainland’s most senior prosecution body, had concluded its investigation of Song and handed the case to Guangzhou prosecutors. The indictment accuses Song of exploiting his position and accepting valuables while he was general manager and a board director of China Resources. At the time Song was taken into detention, he was also serving as chairman of the ethics development advisory committee for Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption at the time of his detention. He was quickly removed from that position. UBS orders internal probe as banker is named in affair, graft allegations against state firm chairman Song was effectively in control of billions of dollars when he served as the boss of China Resources Holdings which is in charge of numerous companies on the mainland and Hong Kong, including China Resources Gas, China Resources Cement and China Resources Power. Xinhua also reported yesterday that Ai Baojun, the former Shanghai vice-mayor; Pan Yiyang, a former deputy governor of Inner Mongolia: and Deng Qilin, the former chairman of Wuhan Iron and Steel, were being prosecuted for separate graft charges. The report said Pan, 55, an alternate member of the party’s 18th Central Committee with a strong Communist Youth League background, allegedly bribed public servants.